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Georgi Derluguian

Former Fellow


    January 2, 2013 — June 30, 2013

    Professional affiliation

    Associate Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University, Abu Dhabi

    Wilson Center Projects

    "The Soviet Collapse, China’s Rise: A Comparative Macrosociological Interpretation"

    Full Biography

    Having first studied African languages and history at Moscow State University, Georgi Derluguian saw his first war in Mozambique in the 1980s. Having returned from Africa to Moscow in 1989, he saw with astonishment that parts of the unraveling Soviet Union were rapidly coming to resemble the Africa's politics of corruption as well as its civil wars. Georgi's first-hand study of Soviet collapse culminated in the award-winning monograph Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus (University of Chicago Press, 2005). Its main question was simple: What processes and contingencies transformed the provincial Soviet intellectuals, once enamored with French cinema and sociology, into the ferocious guerrilla fighters for the nationalist and religious causes?

    In the past, Georgi taught as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Northwestern University. He was also a Visiting professor at Sciences Po and UniversitÈ de Bordeaux in France, as well as Tallinn Technological University in Estonia and Kiev State University in Ukraine.

    Major Publications

    Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography (University of Chicago Press, 2005);

    “The Trajectories of Gunpowder Empires on Europe’s Periphery, 1453-2000”, Social Evolution & History Vol. VI, no. 1 (March 2007);

    “The Social Origins of Good and Bad Governance: Reinterpreting the 1968 Schism in FRELIMO”, in Eric Morrier-genoud (ed.) Nationalisms in Angola, Guine-Bissau, and Mozambique (Leiden: Brill, 2012);