Peter Q Wright

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Contact Information

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

Research Interests

Global Cold War, Postcolonialism, East European socialisms, Decolonization, Race, History of Capitalism, Oral History

Research Description

I work primarily on modern South-East European history from a global perspective. My dissertation project examines the history of social exchange and technological transfer between socialist Yugoslavia and its non-aligned partners in the Global South. I root my research in an ethnographic history of Yugoslavia's development aid program as I tack between the experience of African and Asian students at Yugoslav universities and the work of Yugoslav experts and multinational firms in African states. Drawing on archival work in Croatia, Serbia, and Bulgaria, and on oral histories collected in the former Yugoslavia, my research demonstrates the gradual imbrication of European socialism with global capitalist markets through 'Third-World' solidarity projects.


M.A. History (Distinction), The School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London
B.A. History and Russian Language and Literature, Brigham Young University

Awards and Honors

Advanced Research Fellow for Serbia, Croatia, and Bulgaria, American Councils for International Education, 2017-18
Research Fellow at the American Research Center in Sofia Foundation, 2018
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2016
Departmental Research Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2016-17
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships, Turkish, 2014-2016
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, 2013-14
Distinction, M.A. Thesis, University College London, 2011