Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky

Assistant Professor

Office Location

SSMS 2117


Global migration and forced displacement


Ph.D. History. Stanford University, 2018.
M.A. History. Stanford University, 2013.
M.Sc. Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. University of Edinburgh, 2011.
M.A. Hons. Arabic and International Relations. University of St Andrews, 2010.


Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in global migration and forced displacement and the history of the Ottoman and Russian empires and their successor states. His research, based on sources in Arabic, Turkish, and Russian, interrogates the relationship between refugee mobility, political economy, and ethnic cleansing, which were critical to the making of the modern Middle East and Eastern Europe.    
Dr. Hamed-Troyansky is currently working on a book manuscript, An Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims in the Late Ottoman State, which examines the resettlement of Muslim refugees from Russia in the Ottoman Empire prior to World War I. His project revisits late Ottoman history through the lens of migration and excavates the origins of refugee resettlement in the modern Middle East. Between 1860 and 1914, about a million North Caucasian Muslims, primarily Circassians, Chechens, and Daghestanis, arrived and were resettled throughout the Ottoman Empire, from territories of modern-day Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece in the west, through Turkey, to Syria, Iraq, and Jordan in the east. His work demonstrates that state support—in the form of financial aid, infrastructural development, and legislation—was critical to the economic success of refugee resettlement.
Dr. Hamed-Troyansky conducted archival research in Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, and Russia, including the autonomous republics of Dagestan, North Ossetia-Alania, and Kabardino-Balkaria. His research has been supported by, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Historical Association. He held residential research fellowships in the American research centers in Amman and Sofia.
Dr. Hamed-Troyansky completed his doctoral work at Stanford University in 2018. His dissertation was awarded the best dissertation prize by the World History Association and an honorable mention for the Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award by the Middle East Studies Association. Prior to coming to UCSB, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University's Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies and a faculty member at Furman University. Before moving to the United States, Dr. Hamed-Troyansky completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Scotland and lived and studied in Syria, Egypt, and Israel. In his spare time, he likes disappearing in Arabic short stories, Russian Silver Age poetry, and any mountains he can find.