Nikolay Koposov

Distinguished Professor the Practice

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Fax Number:404-894-0535
Office Location: Old CE Building G24
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Nikolay Koposov is a Distinguished Professor of the Practice in the School of History and Sociology and the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, he worked at Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, Helsinki University (Finland), and École des hautes études en sciences sociales (France). In 1998-2009, he was Founding Dean of Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a joint venture of Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia) and Bard College (New York). He specializes in modern European intellectual history, modern France, post-Soviet Russia, historiography, historical memory, and comparative politics of the past. He has authored six books including Memory Laws, Memory Wars: The Politics of the Past in Europe and Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and De l’imagination historique (Éditions de l’ÉHÉSS, 2009), and edited four collective volumes and translations. His works have been published in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and other languages. His lectures were invited by Woodrow Wilson Center, Princeton University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, George Washington University, the universities of Paris, Geneva, Strasbourg, Vienna, Tokyo, and Kyoto, Ewha University in Seoul, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv and other schools. He participated in expert groups on the politics of historical memory coordinated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, the International Federation for Human Rights, and Körber Foundation (Germany).


Research Fields:
  • Education Policy
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Europe
  • Education
  • European Union Studies
  • Film History and Theory
  • Foreign Policy
  • Future of the Liberal Arts
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Historiography
  • History and Memory
  • History more generally
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Modernity
  • National Security
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Post-Modernism
  • Religion and Politics
  • Social Movements


  • HTS-1031: Europe Since Renaissance
  • HTS-2036: Revolutionary Europe
  • HTS-2037: 20th Century Europe
  • HTS-3039: Modern France
  • HTS-3048: Modern Russian History
  • LMC-3254: Film History
  • LMC-3257: Global Cinema