Michael A. Reynolds

Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Office Phone
105 Jones Hall


  • International relations
  • Ottoman history
  • Russian/Eurasian history

Michael A. Reynolds is associate professor of Near Eastern Studies. He is the author of Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), co-winner of the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize, a Financial Times book of the summer, and a Choice outstanding title. His research areas include Ottoman and modern Middle Eastern history, Russian and Eurasian history, the Caucasus, international relations, empire, nationalism, Turkish foreign policy, and US foreign policy. He holds a BA in Government and Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard University, an MA in Political Science from Columbia University, and PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

Selected Publication



Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908–1918

Cambridge University Press, 2011

Selected Publications

“Regional Realities and Washington’s Vision: the Path to Wars,” in Beth Bailey and Richard Immerman, eds., Understanding the U.S. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (New York: New York University Press, forthcoming 2015).

“The Decline of Empires,” in John M. MacKenzie, ed., Encyclopedia of Empire (West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming).

“Muslim Mobilization in Imperial Russia’s Caucasus,” in David Motadel, ed., Islam and the European Empires (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 187 – 212.

Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires ,
1908-1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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“Abdürrezzak Bedirhan: Ottoman Kurd and Russophile in the Twilight of Empire,”  Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History  vol. 12,   no. 2 (spring  2011): 411–50.

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“Avars,“ “Dargins,” “Laks,” Lezgins,” and “Tabasarans,” in Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia, ed. Jeffrey E. Cole (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2011), 28–31, 107–10, 229–30, 236–39, 360–62.

“Buffers, not Brethren: Young Turk Military Policy in the First World War and the Myth of Panturanism,” Past and Present 203 (May, 2009):137-79.

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"Native Sons: Post-Imperial Politics, Islam, and Identity in the North Caucasus, 1917–1918,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 56 (March 2008): 221–47.

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Contemporary Analysis:

“The Northern Caucasus, the Tsarnaevs, and Us.”  Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Note (May 2013).

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Echoes of Empire: Turkey’s Crisis of Kemalism and the Search for an Alternative Foreign Policy (Brookings Institute Saban Center - Center on the United States and Europe Analysis Paper No. 26, June 2012). 

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“Behind the Blow-Out at Davos,” History News Network (2 February 2009).

“Turkey’s Troubles in the Caucasus,” Insight Turkey 10, no. 4 (October–December 2008): 15–23.


Review of Moshe Gammer, ed., Ethno-Nationalism, Islam, and the State in the Caucasus: Post-Soviet Disorder (New York: Routledge, 2008), in Nations and Nationalism 15, no. 2 (April 2009): 367–69.

Review of Moshe Gammer and David Wasserstein, eds., Daghestan and the World of Islam (Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 2006), in Central Asian Survey 27, no. 1 (March 2008): 96–98.

Review of Valery Tishkkov, Chechnya: Life in a War-Torn Society, (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004), in Central Eurasian Studies Review 5, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 59–60.