University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sean Thoel

Advisors: Francine Hirsch and David McDonald
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Sean Thoel


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.


B.A., History and Russian, University of New Hampshire, May 2016.


  • History of Soviet Union, Russia, and modern Poland

Professional Affiliations

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