Eugene M. Avrutin

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309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801


Eugene M. Avrutin is Professor of Modern Jewish history and the Tobor family scholar in the Program of Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois. He is the author and co-editor of seven books, including Jews and the Imperial State: Identification Politics in Tsarist Russia (Cornell University Press, 2010) and Ritual Murder in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Beyond: New Histories of an Old Accusation (Indiana University Press, 2017). Avrutin has published articles on documentation practices, the concept of race, and religious toleration and neighborly coexistence in the East European borderlands. His newest book, The Velizh Affair: Blood Libel in a Russian Town, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. He is at work on several projects: a short exploration of racial politics in modern Russia, and a longer book on crime, criminality, and neighborly relations in the borderlands. His scholarship has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Research Interests

Modern Jewish History

Highlighted Publications

The Velizh Affair: Blood Libel in a Russian Town (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)