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History Faculty

Dr. Meredith Romanroman

Office: 311 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.2010


  • Comparative Soviet and African American History


  • PhD Michigan State University - May 2005, Russian History
    Dissertation: "Another Kind of 'Freedom': The Soviet Experiment With Antiracism and Its Image as a 'Raceless' Society."
  • MA Michigan State University - May 2000, Russian History
  • BA summa cum laude The College of New Jersey - May 1998, History

Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012
  • Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action Leave, United University Professors, Fall 2009
  • Research Enhancement Award, Michigan State University, 2004.
  • Muelder-Lowe Award for Future Professors of European History, Michigan State University, 2003-2004.
  • Research Enhancement Award, Michigan State University, 2003.
  • Muelder Four-Year Admissions Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2001-2005.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study Azerbaijani, Indiana State University, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, 2001.
  • Merit Thesis Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2000.

Courses Taught 

  • Black Diasporas in Modern Europe
  • Revolutions and Revolutionaries in the Twentieth Century
  • Race, Nationality and Gender in Modern Russia
  • Stalinism
  • Race and Racism in Modern World History
  • Black Radicalism
  • Comparative History of African American and Russian Women


  • Opposing Jim Crow: African Americans and the Soviet Indictment of U.S. Racism, 1928-1937 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012)
  • “Race, politics and US Students in 1930s Soviet Russia,” Race & Class53, no. 2 (October 2011): 58-76.
  • “Forging Freedom, Speaking Soviet Anti-Racism: African Americans and Alternate Strategies of Fighting American Racial Apartheid,” Critique: A Journal of Socialist Theory 39, no. 3 (August 2011): 371-389.
  • “Robert Robinson: Celebrity Worker in the U.S.S.R.”The Human Tradition in the Black Atlantic, 1500-2000, edited by Beatriz Mamigonian and Karen Racine(Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), 133-145.
  • "Racism in a 'Raceless' Society: Racial Violence at the Stalingrad Giant of Socialist Industry and Images of Soviet Racial Equality, August 1930," International Labor and Working-Class History No. 71 (Spring 2007): 185-203.
  • “Making Caucasians Black: Moscow Since the Fall of Communism and the Racialization of Non-Russians” Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 18, No. 2 (June 2002): 1-27.
  • “U.S. Lynch Law and the Fate of the U.S.S.R.: The Soviet Uses of American Racial Violence,” in Lynching in Global Perspective: New Approaches and Directions in the Historical Study of Global Violence, eds. William D. Carrigan and Christopher Waldrep (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, forthcoming).

Conferences and Presentations 

  • “Not So Black and White: Speaking Anti-Racism and the Experience of ‘Racelessness’ in Soviet Society,” 42nd National Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Los Angeles, CA, November 18-21, 2011
  • “An American Road Trip and the Soviet Circus: The Strange Politics of Anti-Racism in the U.S.S.R. during the Popular Front Era,” New York State Association of European Historians, Siena College, September 24-25, 2010
  • “Reversing Race: Soviet Anti-Racism and the Experiment with American Integration, 1931-1932,” University of Rochester, Department of History, December 3, 2009
  • “Uncle Toms and White Chauvinists: The Soviet Experiment with Integration at the International Lenin School and the U.S.S.R.’s Image as an Anti-Racist Society,” 41st National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), Boston, MA, November 12-15, 2009
  • “‘This is not Bourgeois America’: Black Body Politics, the Soviet Press, and Images of U.S. Racism and Soviet Anti-Racism, 1928-1935,” 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, New York, NY April 4, 2009
  • “The Black Male Body and Representations of American Racial Apartheid and Soviet Anti-Racism,” Conference of the Upstate New York Women’s History Organization, Geneva, NY, March 7, 200
  • "Anti-Empire, Anti-Racism: Representations of the Soviet Union as a Superior Society during the Interwar Era," 39th Annual Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), New Orleans, Louisiana, November 15-18, 2007.
  • "Potemkinism: Fact and Fiction," Roundtable Participant, 39th Annual Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), New Orleans, Louisiana, November 15-18, 2007.
  • "Forging Black Freedom Across the Atlantic: African Americans in the Soviet Union and the Internationalization U.S. Racism." 91rst Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH), Atlanta, Georgia, September 28-October 1, 2006.
  • "Racism Cannot Exist Here: Cultivating the Image of the Soviet UNion as a Raceless Society During the Interwar Era," 120th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 5-8, 2006.
  • "Keepin' it Real: African Americans in Moscow's International Lenin School and the Demands that the Promises of Soviet 'Racelessness' Be Fulfilled, 1931-1932," 3rd Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the World African Diaspora (ASWAD), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 5-7, 2005.

Current Projects 

  • Dr. Roman is working on a new research project focusing on dissent in the 1960s and 1970s.




Last Updated 7/31/14


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Sig and Nadine Synnestvedt Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 10/08/15, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Leigh Anne Francis (The College of New Jersey), Title: "’Bad Little Black Girls’: African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Remaking of White Supremacy.”

Maynooth Lecture, Wednesday, 10/28/2015, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Filipe Ribeiro-deMeneses (University of Maynooth-IRELAND), Title: 'Making sense of the Hitler's New Order: European neutrals, 1940-1944'

Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"