Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Alastair Kocho-Williams has been promoted from associate professor to professor of history in the School of Arts & Sciences. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.
Kocho-Williams is department Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences. He focuses his research on Russian and Soviet history. He has published numerous articles on the topic as well as three books: The Soviet Challenge to British India, 1917-1947 (forthcoming), Russia’s International Relations in the Twentieth Century (2012), and Russian and Soviet Diplomacy, 1900-1939 (2011). He also serves as primary editor for two additional volumes: Stalin’s Russia (forthcoming) and The Twentieth Century Russia Reader (2011).
He is the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships for his research, including the Aberystwyth University Research Leave Grant, the University of the West of England Early Career Researcher Starter Grant, the University of the West of England Research Leave and the University of Leeds Research Support Grant.
Kocho-Williams is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is also a member of the Institute of Historical Research, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies and the British International History Group.
He holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in England and a post-graduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education from the University of Leeds in England.
Before coming to Clarkson, he was a senior lecturer in modern European history at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Prior to that, he was a senior lecturer in international history at the University of the West of England and a lecturer in Soviet history at the University of Leeds in England.
He is proficient in Russian, German and French.