James T. Andrews

Russia & Comparative Eurasia; History of European Science & Technology


Office:645 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


I am a University Professor of Modern Russian and Comparative Eurasian history at Iowa State University. Educated at Tufts (B.S./M.A.) and Columbia Universities (Harriman Institute), I received my Ph.D. in Modern Russian/Soviet history from the University of Chicago. I have also taught as a visiting professor at several research institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin. I enjoy teaching undergraduate and graduate students and have been the recipient of numerous teaching awards on campus, including the ISU Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award in 2006. My research looks at the intersection of science, society, and public culture. My book monographs include Red Cosmos: K. E. Tsiolkovskii, Grandfather of Soviet Rocketry (2009) and Science for the Masses: The Bolshevik State, Public Science, and the Popular Imagination in Soviet Russia, 1917-34 (2003). I am also co-editor of Into the Cosmos: Space Exploration and Soviet Culture (2012) and editor of Maksim Gor'kii, Science, and Revolution (1995).

I have served as a senior faculty facilitator for the Social Science Research Council in New York City, the Canadian Federal Humanities & Social Science Council, as well as a variety of international centers such as the Hokkaido University Eurasian Studies Center in Northern Japan. My research has been funded by numerous distinguished research fellowships that include Fulbright-Hays, International Research Exchange Board, the Social Science Research Council, and most recently the Woodrow Wilson Center Senior Fellowship for International Scholars (Kennan Institute, Washington D.C.). I am currently writing a new textbook (a synthetic historical essay) entitled Science and the Public Sphere: European and EurAsian Culture, 1543-Present. My current archival based research monograph, a history of the Moscow Metro, is entitled Iconic Metropolitan: Mass Mobility, Architectural Visions, and the Politics of Public Space in Modern Russia.


University of Chicago, Chicago IL

PhD in Russian and Soviet History – 6/94

Columbia University, New York, NY

Harriman Institute for Russian & EurAsian Studies Certificate Program, Bakhmetieff Fellow – 6/85-8/86

Tufts University, Medford, MA

MA in Russian History & International Studies – 6/84
BS in Biology (History/Russian Studies Minor) – 6/82

Recent Academic Positions

2010-present: Full Professor of Modern Russian/Soviet & Comparative Eurasian History, Department of History, Iowa State University (ISU)

2010-2014: Director, Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (Provost appointment)

2006-2009: Director, Graduate PhD Program and Center for the Historical Studies of Technology and Science, ISU

2004-2006: Director of Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (Dean’s appointment)

Selected Publications

Red Cosmos
Red Cosmos: K. E. Tsiolkovskii, Grandfather of Soviet Rocketry
(College Station, 2009)

Science for the Masses
Science for the Masses: The Bolshevik State, Public Science, and the Popular Imagination in Soviet Russia, 1917-1934
(College Station, 2003)

Edited Books and Volumes
Into the Cosmos
Into the Cosmos: Space Exploration and Soviet Culture, Co-Editor
(Pittsburgh, 2012)

Maksim Gor’kii Revisited: Science, Academics, and Revolution in Russia, Editor
(Los Angeles, 1995)