Ali F. Igmen
Ali Igmen, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Director of Oral History Program
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.
“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
- HISTORY 302:
Theory and History
- HISTORY 395:
Gender, Sexuality, and Desire in World History
- HISTORY 396:
Contemporary World History
- HISTORY 402:
Oral History Methods
- HIST 418/518:
Central Asia and Afghanistan: The Twentieth Century
- HIST 440/540:
The Silk Roads
- HISTORY 499:
Twentieth-Century World History Through Popular Culture and Sport
- HIST 501:
Theory and History
- HISTORY 590:
Comparative History: From Empires to Nations in Eurasia