My research seeks to understand the environmental aftereffects of industrialization of the Soviet Union and eastern Europe during the Stalinist period (broadly defined as 1928-1956). More specifically, I explore the building of socialism and its long-term consequences for urban and rural landscapes, human actors, and land-usage patterns and policy in modern Russia and Poland.


  • History of Soviet Union, Russia, and modern Poland


  • BA: History and Russian, University of New Hampshire, May 2016.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Association of Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies
  • American Society of Environmental History

Sean Thoel

Sean Thoel

Francine Hirsch and David McDonald

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)