Professor of History
Teaching and Research Specialties
Russia, Eastern Europe, comparative European and American history of religious dissenters
A former Soviet expert in US history, especially in the social and cultural history of colonial British America, Sergei Zhuk, moved in 1997 to the United States, and defended his new (now American) Ph.D. dissertation about imperial Russian history at Johns Hopkins University in 2002. Since 1997 he taught both American colonial history and Russian/Ukrainian/Soviet History at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University. His research interests are knowledge production, cultural consumption, religion, popular culture and identity in the history of imperial Russia, Ukraine and the Soviet Union. His recent publications include Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960-1985 (2010) and Russia's Lost Reformation: Peasants, Millennialism and Radical Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917 (2004). He is currently completing a book about the social and cultural history of Soviet Americanists in Russia and Ukraine during the Cold War.