Meredith L Roman

Meredith L Roman, Ph.D

Associate Professor (History), Committee Member (President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusion)
(585) 395-2010
Office: Liberal Arts 311


  • PhD, Michigan State University - May 2005, Russian History
    Dissertation: “Another Kind of ‘Freedom’: The Soviet Experiment With Antiracism and Its Image as a ‘Raceless’ Society.”
  • M.A., Michigan State University - May 2000, Russian History
  • B.A., The College of New Jersey (summa cum laude) - May 1998, History

Areas of Specialty

  • History of the Soviet Union
  • Twentieth-Century Black Radicalism
  • Race in Modern Europe

Courses Taught

  • Race, Nationality, and Empire Building in Modern Russia
  • Stalinism
  • Race and Racism in Modern World History
  • Black Radicalism
  • Comparative History of African American and Russian Women
  • Racial Violence in the Making of Modern America
  • History of the Soviet Union
  • Twentieth-Century Europe
  • The Soviet Union in the Cold War
  • Migration, Protest, and Repression in the Twentieth Century
  • Black Diasporas in Modern Europe
  • Revolutions and Revolutionaries in the Twentieth Century

Current Projects

  • Dr. Roman is working on a new research project focusing on dissent in the 1960s and 1970s.

Review Essays/ Book Reviews

  • Review of Amanda Brickell Bellows, American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Postemancipation Imagination (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) for the Journal of American History (March 2022)

    Review of Anne-Marie Fortier, Uncertain Citizenship: Life in the Waiting Room (University of Manchester Press, 2021) in CHOICE Vol. 59, No. 7 (March 2022).

    Review of Quito Swan, Pauulu’s Diaspora: Black Internationalism and Environmental Justice (University Press of Florida, 2020), H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews. September, 2021.

    Review of Erika Haber, Oz Behind the Iron Curtain: Aleksandr Volkov and the Magic Land Series (University Press of Mississippi, 2017) in the Journal of Russian American Studies 5, no. 1 (May 2021): 69-71.

    Article Review of Douglas Selvage, “Operation ‘Denver’: The East German Ministry of State Security and the KGB’s AIDS Disinformation Campaign, 1985-1986.” Journal of Cold War Studies 21:4 (Fall 2019): 71-123 for H-Diplomatic History 17 November 2020 DOI:

    Review of Peter Furtado, Revolutions: How They Changed History and What They Mean Today (Thames & Hudson, 2020) in CHOICE Vol. 58, No. 7 (March 2021).

    Adriana N. Helbig, Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race and African Migration in Anthropology of East Europe Review 35, no 1(2017): 80-81.

  • Review of Mary Stanton, Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930-1950 (University of Georgia Press, 2019) in Journal of Southern History 86, no. 3 (August 2020): 746-747.
  • Review of Jeff Sahadeo, Voices from the Soviet Edge: Southern Migrants in Leningrad and Moscow (Cornell University Press, 2019). H-Russia, H-Net Reviews. April 2020.
  • “Making Race in the Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century United States,” Journal of American Ethnic History 35, no. 3 (Spring 2016): 99-103.
  • “Review of Lindsey R. Swindall, Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) in The NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928 Vol. 12 (2014).
  • “Review of Joy Gleason Carew, Blacks, Reds, and Russians: Sojourners in Search of the Soviet Promise (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008) in The NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928 Vol. 3 (Fall 2009).