Dr Harun Yilmaz

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I joined QMUL in 2014. I am a regional expert in Central Asia, the Caucasus and Ukraine. I also work on the construction and mobilization of identities in these geographies. I hold my MSc. and PhD (D.Phil.) from the University of Oxford. I was also a research fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University.


My current research project will be the first investigation into how and why the Soviet past has been rehabilitated and incorporated into national histories in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan (1991-2013).

I have recently published my second monograph National Identities in Soviet Historiography: the Rise of Nations under Stalin for Routledge.

My academic research and publications are focused on the construction of national identities in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine under Stalin (1936-1953). I also covered Central Asian countries in an edited volume which was sponsored by the Prime Ministry of Turkey. This volume reviewed and re-assessed Turkish foreign policy on the CIS countries (2012).

- the Georgian-Azerbaijani relations (2009)

- Turkish Foreign Policy in Central Asia (2012)

- Soviet national identity building in Kazakhstan (2012, 2013)

- Soviet national identity building in Azerbaijan (2013)

- The Kurds of Azerbaijan (2014)



The Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk Research Fellowship. Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, USA, (2012).

Membership of professional associations or societies 

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Appearances in the media