Eileen M. Kane

Eileen M. Kane

Associate Professor of History
Director of the Global Islamic Studies Program

Joined Connecticut College: 2008

A.B., Brown University
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University


Russian/Soviet/post-Soviet history

Modern Europe


Eileen Kane is a historian of modern Russia and Eurasia interested in comparative and global approaches to history. Her research and teaching focus on modern Russia, and she always seeks to consider Russia within broader histories of Europe, Eurasia and the world. Her interests include empires, migrations, religion and historical connections between the Russian and Ottoman empires.

She teaches courses on Russian, Soviet, European and Eurasian history.

Her research has taken her to archives and manuscript collections in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa, Tbilisi and Istanbul, and been supported by numerous national fellowships and grants, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2009-10) and a publication grant from the American Association of University Women.

Her first book, "Russian Hajj: Empire and the Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca," was published in December 2015 by Cornell University Press. 

Selected publications:

- "World War I on the Eastern Front,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History Vol. 15, No. 1 (Winter 2014): 207-216.

- "Odessa as a Hajj Hub, 1880s-1910s," in Russia in Motion: Essays on the Politics, Society, and Culture of Human Mobility, 1850-Present, ed. John Randolph and Eugene Avrutin (University of Illinois Press, 2012).

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Majoring in History. 

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Eileen M. Kane
Connecticut College
Box # HISTORY/Winthrop Hall
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


310 Winthrop Hall