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Brigid O'Keeffe

Associate Professor

Location: 1123b Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x1174
Fax: 718.951.4504

Brigid O'Keeffe's first book, New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union, examines how, during the first two decades of Bolshevik rule, Soviet nationality policy enabled Roma to fashion themselves as integrated Soviet citizens. O'Keeffe's second book, Esperanto and Languages of Internationalism in Revolutionary Russia, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury in June 2021. A study of the language politics of fin-de-siècle globalization, her second book focuses on the Esperantists in late imperial and early Soviet Russia who deployed an international auxiliary language in their varied efforts to revolutionize themselves, Russia, and the world. She is currently preparing a manuscript for Bloomsbury's "Russian Shorts" Book Series that will present in compact and accessible format the history of the Soviet Union as a multiethnic empire. Learn more at

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