Krista A. Goff

Associate Professor

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Krista Goff is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union who specializes in the study of nationalism, citizenship, empire, ethnic conflict, oral history, and the North and South Caucasus.

Dr. Goff is the co-editor of Empire and Belonging in the Eurasian Borderlands (Cornell University Press, 2019) and the author of Nested Nationalism: Making and Unmaking Nations in the Soviet Caucasus (Cornell University Press, 2021). Nested Nationalism explores the politics and practices of managing nontitular, sub-republic national minority identifications and communities in the Soviet Union. It draws on archival research Professor Goff conducted in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Dagestan, Georgia, and Russia; more than 100 oral history interviews; private document collections; and ethnographic texts, photographs, and maps. Building on case studies rooted in Azerbaijan, Nested Nationalism connects local narratives spread across the Caucasus to global events such as World War Two, describing a regional world that transcended the political borders dividing the Soviet Caucasus from Iran and Turkey. These wartime experiences and Khrushchev’s Thaw generated new ways of imagining, policing, and contesting Soviet diversity in subsequent decades.

Dr. Goff employs digital humanities skills to enrich her scholarship and teaching. She cultivated and georeferenced an extensive collection of Soviet ethnographic maps for the Nested Nationalism project and has also used archival sources to map a mass migration of Azeris from Armenia to Azerbaijan in the late-1940s and early-1950s. Dr. Goff regularly teaches students digital methods for classroom projects that enhance their research, critical thinking, and presentation skills.

Dr. Goff has held postdoctoral and research fellowships at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, 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.



Ph.D. University of Michigan
A.M. Brown University
B.A. Macalester College

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Soviet history, nationalism, empire, oral history


SUMMARY: Goff, Krista A. Nested Nationalism: Making and Unmaking Nations in the Soviet Caucasus (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2020). [Link]


Goff, Krista A., and Lewis H. Siegelbaum, eds. Empire and Belonging in the Eurasian Borderlands (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2019). [Link]


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