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Dr. Melissa Gayan

Senior Lecturer (2010).
B.A. , M.A. , University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2000, 2003; Ph.D., Emory University, 2023.

Teaching and Research Interests: Russia and the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus; nationalism and identity, 20th century world history, Islam in world history.

Upper-Level Courses:

  • HIST 3030 War & Technology in the 20th Century
  • HIST 3030 History of Modern Eastern Europe

Website: Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information: 

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #2090, Interdisciplinary Academic Building
Tel.: 912-478-5872
Fax: 912-478-0377

Select Fellowships/Grants:

  • American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (Tbilisi, Georgia) 2011
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies Travel Grant (Emory University) 2011
  • Technology, Curriculum, and Pedagogy Fellow (Emory University) 2008
  • American Councils Fellow (Tbilisi, Georgia) 2008


  • “Gorbachev’s Reforms and the Beginning of a New History in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.” Ab Imperio (April 2004), 419-32.

Current Research:

  • Dissertation: The Forgotten Revolt: The 1956 Pro-Stalinist Protests in Soviet Georgia and Its Cold War Implications”

Last updated: 12/14/2023