Eileen Kane

Candidate for Member at Large, 2019-2021

Eileen Kane is Associate Professor of Modern European History at Connecticut College, where she also directs the Program in Global Islamic Studies. She is the author of Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Cornell, 2015), which won the Marshall Shulman Book Prize from ASEEES (2016), and received Honorable Mention for the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History from ASEEES and the Heldt Prize for Best Book by a Woman in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Studies from AWSS (also 2016). Kane is a specialist in modern Russian history with a particular interest in religion, migrations, and Russia-Middle East connections. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and her A.B. from Brown University. Between college and graduate school, she spent two years studying in Istanbul, Turkey on a Fulbright grant. She is currently finishing up a year training in Middle East Studies at Brown University on a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. Her new book project is a synthetic history of Russia and the Middle East, told through a focus on migrations. She is grateful to the ASEEES Nominating Committee for inviting her to stand as a candidate for ASEEES Board of Directors, and would be honored to represent her colleagues in this elected position.