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Eugene M. Avrutin is the Tobor Family Endowed Professor of Modern European Jewish History at the University of Illinois. He is the author and co-editor of several award-winning books, including Jews and the Imperial State: Identification Politics in Tsarist Russia (Cornell University Press, 2010) and The Velizh Affair: Blood Libel in a Russian Town (Oxford University Press, 2018). Avrutin has published articles on documentation practices, the concept of race, and the problem of religious toleration and neighborly coexistence in the East European borderlands. Together with Elissa Bemporad (CUNY), he edited Pogroms: A Documentary History (Oxford University Press, 2021), a collection of sources and short essays by leading scholars on the history of anti-Jewish violence over a span of six decades. His most recent book, Racism in Modern Russia: From the Romanovs to Putin, came out in the Russian Shorts series with Bloomsbury in 2022, and is available as an open access resource at https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/racism-in-modern-russia-from-the-romanovs-to-putin/. He is currently at work on a longer book on everyday crime, imperial legal culture, and neighborly relations. His scholarship has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Modern Jewish History, Eastern Europe, Russia
Focusing primarily on the western borderlands of the Russian Empire, all of the research projects I have worked on during my academic career reflect my scholarly interests in law and empire, toleration and co-existence, and the political dimensions of statecraft. Over the years, I have worked on several collaborative projects: on visual culture and ethnography; anti-Jewish violence, including blood libel accusations and pogroms; and human mobility. My scholarship incorporates extensive archival materials, which until the breakup of the Soviet Union have not been available to researchers. As a result, I have spent quite a bit of time in archives and libraries in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk, Kiev, and Vilnius. As a teacher and scholar of East European Jewish history and culture, I incorporate my research when I teach classes on Jewish, Russian, and European history, race and ethnicity, and borderland politics.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Interim Director, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Professor, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Professor, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center
Professor, Center for Global Studies
Professor, European Union Center
Avrutin, E. M. (2018). The Velizh Affair: Blood Libel in a Russian Town. Oxford University Press.
Avrutin, E. M., & Bemporad, E. (2022). Pogroms: An Introduction. In Pogroms: A Documentary History (pp. 1-22). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190060084.003.0001
Avrutin, E. M. (Accepted/In press). Pogroms in War and Revolution. Journal of Modern History.
Avrutin, E. M. (2022). Racism in Modern Russia: From the Romanovs to Putin. (Russian Shorts). Bloomsbury Academic. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350097308
Avrutin, E. M., & Bemporad, E. (Eds.) (2021). Pogroms: A Documentary History. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190060084.001.0001
Avrutin, E. M. (2021). Pogroms in Russia's Borderlands, 1881-1884. In E. M. Avrutin, & E. Bemporad (Eds.), Pogroms: A Documentary History Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190060084.003.0002