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Elidor Mëhilli

Ph.D. (2011) Princeton University
M.A. (2007) Princeton University
B.A. (2005) Cornell University
B.S. (2005) Cornell University


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Elidor Mëhilli is Associate Professor of History and Public Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. Prior to that, he held fellowships at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting fellow at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany; at Birkbeck College in London, United Kingdom; and with the Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. In 2017, he received the Feliks Gross Award, CUNY's top recognition for junior professors in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences. Until 2019, Mëhilli served as President of the Northeastern Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies organization, based in New York. At the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, he has convened a regular seminar in the study of modern Eastern Europe.

Mëhilli's research is on dictatorships, authoritarian regimes, and the diplomatic, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of the Cold War. His first book From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World was based on eight years of archival research in Tirana, Berlin, London, Moscow, Prague, Rome, Washington, New York, and Palo Alto. From Stalin to Mao won the 2018 Marshall D. Shulman Book Prize, the 2018 Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies, and the 2018 Stavro Skendi Book Award. The book was featured on the BBC, Voice of America, and major Albanian newspapers and media.

His other scholarly work has appeared in Contemporary European History, Slavic Review, The International History Review, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, and the Journal of Cold War Studies. His popular writing and opinions on history, disinformation, genocide in the Balkans, Brexit, and other topics have appeared in The Washington PostQuartz, The Conversation, Salon, The Wire (India), most of the major Albanian-language newspapers and blogs, and in the official catalogue of the Pavilion of the Republic of Albania at the 56th Venice Biennale.

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