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Mark B. Tauger

Associate Professor

Teaching Fields

  • Russian/Soviet History
  • Agrarian History
  • World History


  • Ph.D., History, UCLA
  • M.A., Historical Musicology, UCLA
  • M.A., History, UCLA
  • B.A., Music, UCLA

Research Interests

Agrarian history: modernization of agriculture in capitalist and other economic systems, interactions between agriculture and the natural environment, mutual dependence between industry and agriculture.

Russian and Soviet history: famines, agriculture, and government policies toward both, environmental history of Eurasia and its significant for other aspects of the region’s history, post-Soviet history of the region.

World History (besides agrarian history): history of religious doubt and atheism, history of globalization and resistance to it.

Graduate Students

M.A. Students
  • Johnathan Keller

Courses Offered

  • HIST 179: World History to 1500
  • HIST 180: World History 1500- Present
  • HIST 217: Russia to 1917
  • HIST 218: Twentieth Century Russia
  • HIST 225 Modern South Asia
  • HIST 281: Agrarian Transformation
  • HIST 419: Revolutionary Russia 1905-1953
  • HIST 420: The USSR and After, 1953-Present
  • HIST 700: Historiography
  • HIST 787: Readings in World History



French book

Famine et Transformation Agricole en URSS, Editions Delga, Paris, 2017   

Agriculture in World History, Routledge Press series  Themes in World History, 2010.
Golod, Golodomor, Genotsid? , Dovira Press, Kiev, 2008 


“Pavel Pateleimonovich Luk’ianenko and the Origins of the Soviet Green Revolution,” in  The Lysenko Controversy as a Global Phenomenon, v. 1: Genetics and Agriculture in the Soviet Union and Beyond, William deJong-Lambert & Nikolai Krementsov, eds., Palgrave, 2017. 

After the Holodomor: the enduring impact of the great famine on Ukraine, Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, 2015. DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2015.1006476

“Statistical Falsification in the Soviet Union: A Comparative Case Study of Projections, Biases, and Trust.”

“Grain Crisis or Famine? The Ukranian State Commission for Aid to Crop-Failure Victims and the Ukranian Famine of 1928-1929.”