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- Comparative Soviet
- 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.
- Black Diasporas in Modern Europe
- Revolutions and Revolutionaries in the Twentieth Century
- Race, Nationality and Gender in Modern Russia
- Race and Racism in Modern World History
- Black Radicalism
- Comparative History of African American and Russian Women
- Race Riots in the Making of Modern America
- History of the Soviet Union
- Twentieth-Century Europe
- The Soviet Union in the Cold War
- Searching for Freedom: Migration, Protest, and Repression in the Twentieth Century
- "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).
- "The Black Panther Party and the Struggle for Human Rights," Spectrum: A Journal of Black Men 5 no, 1 (Fall 2016): 7-32.
- “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, 2013), 215-36
- "Forging Soviet Racial Enlightenment: Soviet Writers Condemn American Racial Mores, 1926, 1936, 1946,” The Historian 74, no. 3 (2012): 528-550.
- 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.
Conferences and Presentations
- "Escape from a 'Living Death': Concepts of Oppression and Freedom among Soviet Human Rights Defenders and U.S. Black Power Activists during the Cold War," Soviet Socialism in Labor, Material Culture, and Migration: A Conference Honoring Lewis Siegelbaum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, March 23-24, 2018.
- "Critical Pedagogies of Black Europe," Roundtable, 41st Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, October 5-8, 2017.
- "Conceptualizing Black Europe's Past, Present, and Future(s)," Roundtable, The 101st Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, Richmond, VA, October 5-9, 2016.
- “Soviet Attacks on U.S. Racial Apartheid and the Creation of the New Anti-Racist Man and Woman.” The Technologies of Truth: Propaganda Symposium, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. January 22, 2016.
- "Public Enemy No. 1: Soviet Intellectuals, Black Panthers, and the Struggle for Human Rights, 1966-1972,” History Colloquium Series, Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, September 16, 2015.
- "Keepin' It Real: African Americans and the Promise of Soviet Anti-Racism in the 1920s and 1930s,” Black History Month Speaker Series, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, February 26, 2013.
- "Heroic Black Panthers, Bloody Pogroms, and Soviet Parasites: Representations of Dissent in the USSR, 1967-1972,” 45th National Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Boston, November 20-24, 2013.
- "American Patriots and Soviet Traitors: The Politics of Dissent,” New York State Association of European Historians, SUNY Oswego, October 3-4, 2012.
- "Reversing Race: Soviet Anti-Racism and the Experiment with American Integration, 1931-1932,” University of Rochester, Invited Talk, Department of History, December 3, 2009.
- "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, 2008.
- "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.
Review Essays/ Book Reviews
- "Making Race in the Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century United States," Journal of American Ethnic History 35, no. 3 (Spring 2016): 99-103.
- "Review of Lindsey R. Swindall, Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) in The NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928 Vol. 12 (2014).
- "Review of Joy Gleason Carew, Blacks, Reds, and Russians: Sojourners in Search of the Soviet Promise (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008) in The NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928 Vol. 3 (Fall 2009).
- Dr. Roman is working on a new research project focusing on dissent in the 1960s and 1970s.