Anastasiia Strakhova



B.A. in History, International Solomon University (Ukraine)
M.A. in Comparative History and Jewish Studies, Central European University (Hungary)

Research Interests

Modern Jewish history
Borderlands Studies


"Selective Emigration: Border Control and the Jewish Escape in Late Imperial Russia, 1881-1914"

Faculty Advisor

Eric Goldstein
Ellie R. Schainker


Anastasiia Strakhova is a doctoral candidate specializing in Modern Jewish history, Russian history, and migration. In her dissertation, Anastasiia examines how the racialization of Jews in late imperial Russia functioned through migration policies and everyday border-crossing practices. Drawing on methodologies from migration and borderlands studies, cultural, legal, and diplomatic histories, she analyzes how thousands of Russian subjects left the empire in 1881-1914 when the imperial legislation forbade emigration, and the roles Jews played in this process. Utilizing bureaucratic correspondence, institutional archival records, the press, and emigres’ personal accounts in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian, she argues that the ordinary people’s strife for free movement proved stronger than the government’s restrictive migration policies and border control. Her approach to history both from above and below facilitates better comprehension of the historical moment and helps reconstruct the complexity of the Russian-Jewish emigration. In this way, she seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the largest voluntary Jewish relocation in history, which forever transformed Jewish communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

Anastasiia’s dissertation research and writing have been supported by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and History Department’s Joseph J. Mathews Fellowship at Emory University, the Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the Center for Jewish History, the Max Weber Foundation, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Anastasiia currently holds a writing fellowship at the Leibniz Institute of European History (Mainz, Germany).