Centre College Faculty
Michael Hamm• Professor of History
Office: Crounse Hall—446
Personal Web page: web.centre.edu/hamm
Michael Hamm is professor of history at Centre College, where he has held the Boles Professorship since 1994. He joined the Centre faculty in 1970, and was faculty president from 1998-2001 and division chair from 1991-1995.
A scholarly expert on the history of eastern Europe, Hamm has published three books. He is the author of Kiev: A Portrait 1800-1917, published in 1993 by the Princeton University Press. Hamm was the editor and part-author of The City in Russian History (University Press of Kentucky 1976) and The City in Late Imperial Russia (Indiana University Press 1986). He guest-edited a special issue of Nationalities Papers on Moldova in 1998. His published articles include "On the Perimeter of Revolution: Kharkiv's Academic Community, 1905," in Revolutionary Russia; "Jews and Revolution in Kharkiv: How One Ukrainian City Escaped A Pogrom in 1905," in The Russian Revolution of 1905. Centenary Perspectives (London and New York: Routledge, 2005); and "Special and Bewildering: A Portrait of Late Imperial and Early Soviet Kyiv," in Jubilant Experimentalism. Kyiv and International Modernism, (University of Toronto Press, 2010). He also writes on conservation and wildlife issues; is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter of the Nature Conservancy; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge.
Hamm has studied and taught overseas, most recently as a lecturer on American politics and culture at Almaty State University and Kazak State University in Kazakhstan during the fall of 1995. During 1976-77, he completed extensive research in the former Soviet Union as a fellow of the International Research and Exchanges Board. Hamm returned to the USSR on IREX and Fulbright grants in 1986.
Hamm has taken Centre students on travel-study programs to Eastern Europe on five occasions. Recent study-travel has taken him to Albania, Romania, and Tanzania, as well as to Moscow and Kiev.
He holds a B.A. from Macalester College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University.
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