Field: Russia and Eastern Europe

Contact Info:
2144 JFSB
(801) 422-2891​

Current Classes

  • Hist 330: Tsarist Russia
  • H​​ist 490: Ca​​pstone Research Seminar

Classes Taught:
  • Hist 200: The Historian's Craft
  • Hist 202: World Civilization From 1500 
  • Hist 306: Nineteenth Century Europe
  • Hist 330: Tsarist Russia ​
  • Hist 331: Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia
  • Hist 490: Capstone Research Seminar


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Jeff Hardy joined the BYU history department in 2011 after completing his education at BYU (BA ’01, MA ’06) and Princeton University (PhD ’11).  His doctoral dissertation, “Khrushchev’s Gulag,” was awarded the Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.  Jeff’s primary research focus is the penal system (Gulag) of the Soviet Union, an interest sparked by his time as an LDS missionary in Magadan, Russia.  He has published a series of articles and book chapters on this topic in recent years and has also completed a book manuscript that is currently being reviewed for publication.  Future projects include a comparative study of the Gulag with contemporary penal systems; an investigation into the ideology of rehabilitation in Russia from the late 1800s to the present day; and an exploration of the role of religion in Gulag society.   
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