Andy Bruno

Current Research

My first book examined the environmental history of economic transformation in the Russian north during the twentieth century. It asked questions about the relationship between nature and power in the Soviet Union, the forms of interaction with the environment that developed in communist systems, and the role of the Arctic in global environmental history. The study was based on an in-depth examination of a range of industries on the Kola Peninsula in the northwest corner of Russia. I also have several article-length projects that address industrial waste and Soviet environmental performance, the relationship between reindeer herders and conservation scientists, environmental subjectivity in the Soviet Union, and long-term human interactions with Lake Imandra. Future book-length projects will focus on the Tunguska explosion of 1908 and Eurasian climate history.


Major Publications


Articles/Book Chapters

Teaching Interests

I teach a full array of courses on Russian history as well as classes on comparative environmental history, including climate history. I also offer surveys on world history and European history and methodological/thematic courses for history majors, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 171: World History since 1500
  • HIST 337: Medieval Russia
  • HIST 337: Russian Empire
  • HIST 338: Soviet Union and Beyond
  • HIST 389/ENVS 450: Global Climate History
  • HIST 395: Historical Methods
  • HIST 434/534: Russian Revolution
  • HIST 435/535: Stalinism
  • HIST 495: Senior Thesis
  • HIST 600: Graduate Reading Seminar on Climate History
  • HIST 600: Graduate Reading Seminar on Natural Disasters

Interdisciplinary Affiliation

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy


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Andy Bruno

Andy Bruno

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2011

Russia, Environmental

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