March 18, 2022

[EVENT RESCHEDULED] MSU history professor to give talk Tuesday on the history of Russia and Ukraine

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UPDATE: Event rescheduled! MSU history professor to give talk March 29 on the history of Russia and Ukraine

A Mississippi State associate professor of history who specializes in Soviet/Russian history will give a lecture Tuesday [March 29], which is accessible as an in-person event—free and open to all—and as a simultaneous live-stream for online viewers.

Stephen Brain, MSU associate professor in the Department of History, will discuss “It’s Complicated: The History of Russia and Ukraine” during a 3 p.m. program in Griffis Hall Room 401. The lecture is presented by the university’s Institute for the Humanities and will be online at the institute’s Facebook page, Virtual attendees will be able to ask questions in the comments section below the video.

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In addition to Soviet/Russian history, Brain also focuses on environmental and forest history. He has a Ph.D. in history from University of California-Berkeley and a Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University.

Named MSU’s Humanities Teacher of the Year in 2016, Brain is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. As a 2013-14 Fulbright recipient, Brain traveled to Rostov-on-Don, Russia, where he and his family lived and worked 30 miles from the Ukraine border. In 2005-06, Brain was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Moscow, Russia, where he worked in the State Archive of the Russian Federation, Russian State Economic Archive, Moscow Oblast Regional Archives, and the Archive of the Communist Party. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses over the years, including classes on Russian, Soviet Union and European history.

Part of MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for the Humanities promotes research, scholarship and creative performances in the humanistic disciplines and raises their visibility, both within Mississippi State University and the wider community. For more, contact Julia Osman, institute director, at

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