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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


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The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.