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Heather DeHaan

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2005, University of Toronto
History of Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Azerbaijan; Urban Studies
Office: LT 816 
Phone: (607) 777-6738

Dr. Heather D. DeHaan has studied how imperial power was both asserted and resisted through urban planning and development. Having recently published her first monograph, Stalinist City Planning: Professionals, Performance, and Power (University of Toronto Press, 2013), she has launched her next project, a study of neighborhood development in Baku, Azerbaijan from the late 1920s to the early 1970s. Her teaching interests include Russian and Soviet History, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and the twentieth-century urban experience in Eurasia.

While most of her writing targets scholars, she now has a blog in which she explores everyday urban life in Russia, Central Asia (Azerbaijan), and the USA.

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Current Courses:
Red Phoenix: Russia in the 20th Century
Eurasian Borderlands
Imperial Russia (from Peter I to Nicholas II)
Cold War: Competing Soviet and American Views
Urban Visions (course blog:



Last Updated: 12/13/17