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Brooklyn College
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late imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, Esperanto, internationalism, Roma, Romani Studies, Stalinism
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About Me

Brigid O’Keeffe is an associate professor of history at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.  She is a specialist on the history of late imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.  Her first book, New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2013. She is currently completing the manuscript for her second book, Esperanto and Languages of Internationalism in Revolutionary Russia, under contract with Bloomsbury.

Recent Publications

 “The Woman Always Pays: The Lives of Ivy Litvinov,” The Slavonic and East European Review 97, 3 (July 2019): 501-528.

“An International Language for an Empire of Humanity:  L.L. Zamenhof and the Imperial Russian Origins of Esperanto,” East European Jewish Affairs 49, 1 (2019): 1-19.

“The Racialization of Soviet Gypsies:  Roma, Nationality Politics, and Socialist Transformation in Stalin’s Soviet Union,” in Ideologies of Race: Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union in Global Context, ed. David Rainbow (McGill University Press, 2019): 132-159.

“Gypsies as a litmus test for rational, tolerant rule: Fin-de-siècle Russian ethnographers confront the comparative history of Roma in Europe,” International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice [Special Issue on Crime and Justice: Roma in Europe and North America] 38, 2 (2014): 109-131.

New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013).

“Aleksandr Germano, 1893-1955,” in Russia’s People of Empire: Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500 to the Present, ed. Stephen Norris and Willard Sunderland (Bloomington, IN:  Indiana University Press, 2012): 265-273.

“‘Backward Gypsies,’ Soviet Citizens:  The All-Russian Gypsy Union, 1925-28,” Kritika:  Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 11, 2 (2010): 283-312.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Russia and the former USSR
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Russia
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution