Ali F. Igmen

Ali Igmen, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Director of Oral History Program
Director of Research in the Humanities

Contact Information:
Office: FO2-116
Phone: (562) 985-8765

Fields of Interest

Professor Igmen’s research interests include: Central Asia, Eurasia, Russia, Soviet Union, Turkey, Middle East, China, World, Theater and Oral History.

Selected Publications

“Intimate Publics, Looking Back and Looking Abroad,” in Tulips in Bloom, An Anthology of Central Asian Literature, co-edited by Gabriel McGuire, Naomi Caffee, Emily Laskin, Samuel Hodgkin and Christopher Fort, Palgrave, forthcoming in 2022. 

“Soviet Central Asia” in Central Asia: Context for Understanding, David Montgomery, editor, University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming in March 2022. 

Making Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asia, co-edited with Ananda Breed and Eva-Marie Dubuisson, London: Palgrave Pivot, Palgrave McMillan Book Series, 2020. 

“Between Empire and the Nation-State, between Humanism and Communism: Nazim Hikmet’s Noble Struggle with Modernity” in The Arc of Revolution, Socialist Subjectivity in Transnational Perspective, a volume in the edited compilation, Choi Chatterjee, editor, Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914–1922: The Centenary Reappraisal, Slavica Press, 2019. 

Speaking Soviet with an Accent: Culture and Power in Kyrgyzstan. “Central Asia in Context Series,” Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, July 2012.

“Four Daughters of Tököldösh: Kyrgyz Actresses Define Soviet Modernity” in Special Issue, “State-Society Relations.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and Middle East (CSSAAME), Durham: Duke University Press, 2012, volume 32, number: 1.

 “Kyrgyz Houses of Culture, 1920s and 1930s” in Reconstructing the Soviet and Eastern European Houses House of Culture, Joachim Otto Habeck and Brian Donahoe, editors, Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, New York: Berghahn Press, 2011.

Honors and Awards

International Public Service Award, Graduate School of Public and International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2018.  

 RSCA (Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities) Awards: six awards since 2014

Mellon Slavic Studies Initiative Grant for book promotion, 2013-2014. 

Finalist for the Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Prize: Speaking Soviet with an Accent: Culture and Power in Kyrgyzstan, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. 

Early Career Excellence Award, CSULB, 2011

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