Thom Loyd

Assistant Professor

Thom Loyd

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy


I am a historian of the former Soviet space in global perspective. Other interests include the history of race in non-capitalist societies and the history of intelligence.


  • Ph.D., European History Georgetown University, 2021

  • AM, European History University of Oxford, 2013

  • BA, History, General University of Bristol, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • First Book Proposal Prize (Honorable Mention) British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies Minority Studies Group, 2023

  • Robert C. Tucker/ Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2022

  • Teaching Excellence Award Queen Mary School of History, 2022

  • Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, 2022

  • Royden B. Davis Teaching Fellowship Georgetown University History Department, 2020

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • HIST 2112

    United States since 1877
  • HIST 1112

    Modern World Civilization
  • HIST 4950

    Selected Topics: Protest in the USSR
  • HIST 3311

    Modern Russia

Teaching Interests

I teach a broad range of topics, including modern US history, the history of Russian empires from the 19th to the 21st centuries, the history of protest, and modern world history.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Review, 2023
    Book Review
  • Anti-Black racism is upending easy narratives about the exodus from Ukraine, 2022
  • Congo on the Dnipro: Third Worldism and the Nationalization of Soviet Internationalism in Ukraine, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Histories of color: Blackness and Africanness in the Soviet Union, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Professional Service

  • Higher School of Economics, Moscow 2023 - 2023

    Role: Committee Member
  • History: The Journal of the Historical Association 2023 - 2023

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 2023 - 2023

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate 2023 - 2023

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article

Public Service

  • British Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office 2023 - 2023

    Role: Other