Dr. Stephen Badalyan Riegg's research and teaching interests revolve around the histories of Modern Europe, Imperial Russia, and the Caucasus.
His award-winning book, Russia's Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and The Armenians, 1801-1914, traces the relationship between the Romanov state and the Armenian diaspora that populated Russia's territorial fringes and navigated the tsarist empire's metropolitan centers. Analyzing the complexities of this imperial encounter--beyond the reductive question of whether Russia was a friend or foe to Armenians--allows us to study the methods of tsarist imperialism in the context of diasporic distribution, inter-imperial conflict and alliance, nationalism, and religious and economic identity.
Dr. Riegg has conducted archival fieldwork in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tbilisi, and Yerevan. His research has appeared in the journals The Russian Review, Ab Imperio, Nationalities Papers, and Cahiers du Monde russe.