Suny Named Winner of Distinguished Contributions Award

On Nov. 23, the 2013 Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Award, which honors senior scholars who have helped to build and develop the field through scholarship, training, and service to the profession, will be presented to Ronald Grigor Suny, the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, director of the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies at the University of Michigan, and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago.

Ronald Grigor Suny
Ronald Grigor Suny

Suny is a world-renowned historian and political scientist with an admirable breadth of interests across the Eurasian field in both spatial and temporal terms. He is particularly noted for his studies of the Caucasus in the Soviet and post-Soviet period. Suny was the first holder of the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan (1981-95), and the founder and director of the Ar­menian Studies Program there. He is the author of seven scholarly monographs, including The Baku Com­mune 1917-1918 (Princeton University Press, 1972); The Making of the Georgian Nation (Indiana University Press, 1988, 1994); Looking Toward Ararat: Armenia in Modern History (Indiana University Press, 1993); The Revenge of the Past (Stanford University Press, 1993); and The Soviet Experiment (Oxford University Press, 1998). He is also the editor of many collections of essays, including Making Workers Soviet (Cornell University Press, 1994); A State of Nations: Empire and Nation-making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin (Ox­ford University Press, 2001); and A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Suny’s provocative and pioneering work on nationalism is an obligatory citation not just across the Eurasian studies field, but also beyond, and he has recently also made contributions to the developing field of history of emotions.

Suny has served as chairman of the Society for Armenian Studies and on the edi­torial boards of Slavic Review, International Labor and Working-Class History, International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Armenian Review, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, Armenian Forum, and Ab Imperio. He was elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies for the year 2006. Regarded by affection by former students and colleagues alike, he is a model of collegiality, and an exemplum, in the truly international scope of his interests, for the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEES) in its post-Soviet and post-Cold War present.

The award will be presented to Suny at the ASEEES’s 45th Annual Convention, in Boston, Mass.

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