Dr. Joshua First
Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies

Joshua First is Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies and specializes in the history of Russia and Ukraine during the 20th and 21st centuries. Professor First came to Mississippi in 2010 after receiving his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. His teaching interests include modern Russia and the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, visual culture, nationalism, the European welfare state and comparative health care systems. Professor First has published articles on Ukrainian cinema, Soviet film sociology, and the politics of melodrama. His book, Ukrainian Cinema: Belonging and Identity during the Soviet Thaw (I.B. Taurus) appeared in December 2014 and a follow-up volume on the Ukrainian film, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Paradjanov, 1964) will appear in late 2016.  Dr. First's next project concerns the origins and development of universal health care in the Soviet Union. In the Fall 2016 semester, he will teach "Contemporary Russia" for Croft, and will likely teach INST 205: Introduction to European Studies in the Spring.

jfirst at olemiss dot edu
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