Stephen Brain

Stephen Brain


  • History of Science and Technology
  • Agricultural, Rural and Environmental History
  • War, Power, International Affairs


  • Associate Professor


  • Soviet/Russian History
  • Environmental History
  • Forest History


  • Co-Editor of Environmental History, the journal of the American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society


  • Ph.D. in History, University of California-Berkeley, May 2007. 
    Advisor: Yuri Slezkine 
    "Transforming Nature: The Russian Forest and the Soviet State, 1900-1953", Ph.D. dissertation 
  • Master of Arts in Humanities, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2000. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology, 1994
  • Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
    Visiting Professor, September 2013—May 2014. Courses Taught: World Environmental History; Western Historiography.
  • Mississippi State University.
    Associate Professor, August 2013-Present 
  • Mississippi State University.
    Assistant Professor, August 2007-July 2013. 
  • Courses Taught: World Environmental History; History of Russia; History of the Soviet Union; Early Western World; Modern Western World; Europe 1914-1945; Europe Since 1945; Western Civilization Since 1500; Europe 1789-1991; Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism; Graduate Historiography. 
  • "The Environmental History of the Soviet Union," in J. R. McNeill and Erin C. S. Mauldin, eds., A Companion to Global Environmental History (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 222-243.
  • "Новый взгляд на уничтожение заповедников в СССР в 1950-е гг." ("The Destruction of the Zapovedniki Revisited"), Историко-биологические исследования (Studies in the History of Biology) Volume 4, No. 1 (Spring 2012): 57-82.
  • Song of the Forest cover

    Song of the Forest: Russian Forestry and Stalin's Environmentalism, (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, October 2011. ISBN: 978-08-229-61659.

  • "The Christian Environmental Ethic of the Russian Pomor," Ecozona: The European Journal of Literature, Culture and the Environment Vol. 2, No. 2 (Autumn 2011): 60-82.[Due for republication in a volume edited by Nicholas Breyfogle, forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013.]
  • "Stalin's Environmentalism", Russian Review Vol. 69, no. 1 (January 2010): 93-118.
  • "The Great Stalin Plan for the Transformation of Nature," Environmental History Vol 15, no. 4 (October 2010): 1-31. 
  • Fulbright Grant, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, 2013-14.
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (Davis Center for Russian Studies), Fall 2010
  • National Science Foundation Working Group, Arkhangel'sk, Russia, Summer 2010
  • George Breslauer Dissertation Fellowship, 2006
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Moscow, Russia, 2005-2006
  • FLAS Fellowship, 2002-2003
  • University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship, 2001
  • Eighteen-month research trip in Moscow, Russia; work in the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), the Russian State Economic Archive (RGAE), the Moscow Oblast Regional Archive (TsGAMO), and the Archive of the Communist Party (RGASPI). 
  • Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow, Institute of History of Science and Technology, 2005-2006.
  • American Society of Environmental Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honors Society