Botakoz KassymbekovaUniversity of Basel
Dr. Botakoz Kassymbekova is assistant professor in modern history at the University of Basel, Switzerland. She specializes in Russian and Soviet imperial history, history of Stalinism and post-Stalinism. Her first book “Despite Cultures. Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan” investigated imperial Stalinism in Central Asia and her current book investigates how Soviet citizens (un)processed Stalinism in their older lives. Another book project “Imperial Innocence” (in co-authorship with Kimberly St. Julien-Vernon) analyzes Soviet Russian settler colonialism and its ideology of Russian imperial goodness.