Ph.D., Modern Russia, Environmental History, Brandeis University
Alexander Herbert is an expert in the history of the Soviet Union and Global Environmental History. His research examines the interrelations of science, technology, and environmental change in the late USSR. Alexander is additionally interested in the intersection of popular culture and education and has published two books: the first on the history of punk rock in the Soviet Union and Russia, and another that uses horror films in the late USSR to examine the anxieties and fears of late Soviet society. He has also taught classes on the history of capitalism, radical politics in Europe, film history, and underground culture. In Russia, he worked and researched at the State Historical Museum in Moscow, the archives of the Communist Party, National Library of Russia, and at the Environmental Laboratory in the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. In 2022 Alexander was a Fulbright Scholar in St. Petersburg when the war between Russia and Ukraine broke out. He comes to WPI from a rather unusual academic trajectory, receiving an MA from Indiana University and then spending three years at the University of Chicago before finishing his Ph.D. at Brandeis University.