Krista Goff


       Ph.D., University of Michigan (2014)

       Office: Ashe 617A
       Phone: 305-284-4916
       Fields of Interest: Soviet history, nationalism, empire, oral history


Professor Goff is on leave until January 2019. From September 2017 to May 2018, she will be a Title VIII Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From June 2018 through December 2018, Professor Goff will be a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress.

Krista Goff joined the department as a historian of Russian and Soviet history in 2014. She specializes in the Caucasus (especially Dagestan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia), nationalism, citizenship, empire, ethnic conflict, and oral history. She is currently writing a monograph about the politics and practices of suppressing non-titular minority identifications and communities in the Soviet Union, and the connection between these policies and ethnic conflict in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods.

The book draws on research Professor Goff conducted in twenty archives across four countries (Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia), more than 120 oral history interviews, private document collections, and ethnographic texts, photographs, and maps. Using case studies from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Dagestan, she connects local narratives to global events such as World War Two and the Cold War to describe a regional world that transcended the political borders dividing the Soviet Caucasus from Iran and Turkey. She shows how wartime experiences and Khrushchev’s Thaw generated different ways of imagining, policing, and contesting diversity in the USSR.

Professor Goff employs digital humanities skills to enrich her scholarship and teaching. She has cultivated and georeferenced an extensive collection of Soviet ethnographic maps for her current manuscript project. She is also using archival sources to create maps for an article that she is currently writing about a significant Soviet-era migration event in the South Caucasus. In classroom projects, Professor Goff has introduced her students to digital cartography and visualization tools to enhance their research, critical thinking, and presentation skills.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, Professor Goff was a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, American Councils, the University of Michigan, the University of Miami, and others. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan, A.M. from Brown University, B.A. with honors from Macalester College, and studied at universities in St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, and Baku.

Goff, K.A. (2015), “’Why not love our language and our culture?’ National rights and citizenship in Khrushchev’s Soviet Union,” Nationalities Papers 43:1, 27-44.

Courses Taught
Global History of Communism (Lecture course, Fall 2016)
Stalinism (Seminar, Fall 2016)
Red Star, Green Crescent: Russia and the Muslim World (Seminar, Spring 2017)
Early Modern and Imperial Russia (Lecture course, Spring 2017)
Soviet and Post-Soviet History
Global History of Genocide
Oral History Methodology
Comparative History of the Balkans and the Caucasus
Modern History of Iran