Office: TMH 224
Primary Teaching Focuses:
European History; Russian History
Dr. Louis Porter is a historian whose scholarship focuses on Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. His current book project, Reds in Blue: The Soviet Encounter with International Organizations, draws on unused archival material in Russia, Western Europe, and the United States to provide the first comprehensive history of Soviet involvement in a noncommunist international organization during the Cold War. Chronicling the participation of the USSR in UNESCO, the book uses social, cultural, and intellectual historical methodologies to uncover the Soviet reception of the rise of the idea of world governance in the twentieth century. Dr. Porter’s research has benefitted from several sources of funding, such as a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Russian government archives for a year. His research has also won multiple awards, including the Cohen/Tucker Prize for “an outstanding English-language doctoral dissertation in Soviet or post-Soviet politics and history” from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Dr. Porter is passionate about teaching Russian, European, and world history to a diverse student population.