Jonathan Otto Pohl, Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Ph.D. University of London
M.A. University of London
B.A. Grinnell College

Office: B-F1-06

Dr. Pohl taught in the International and Comparative Politics Department at American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 2007-2010. He then taught in the History Department of the University of Ghana in Legon from 2011-2016. His research interests focus on race and ethnicity in the USSR.



Catherine’s Grandchildren: A Short History of the Russian-Germans under Soviet Rule (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia: 2008).

Ethnic Cleansing in the USSR, 1937-1949 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999).

The Stalinist Penal System: A Statistical History of Soviet Repression and Terror, 1930-1953 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publisher, 1997).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

"The Persecution of the Ethnic Germans in the USSR during World War II," The Russian Review, vol. 75. no. 2, April 2016.

"The Deportation of the Crimean Tatars in the Context of Settler Colonialism," International Crimes and History, issue no. 16, 2016.

"Scourging the Caucasus: The Soviet Deportation of the Karachais, Chechens, Ingush, and Balkars in 1943-1944," Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics , vol. 3, no. 1, Spring 2015.

"Soviet Ethnic Cleansing of the Crimean Tatars," International Crimes and History, issue no. 15, 2014.

“Colonialism in one Country: The Deported Peoples of the USSR as an Example of Internal Colonialism,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion , vol. 5,  no. 7, May 2014.

“Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water: The Russian-Germans in the Labour Army,” The Eurasian Studies Society Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, February 2013.

“Soviet Apartheid: Stalin’s Ethnic Deportations, Special Settlement Restrictions, and the Labor Army: The Case of the Ethnic Germans in the USSR,” Human Rights Review, vol. 13, no. 2, 2012.

Coauthored with Eric J. Schmaltz and Ron J. Vossler, “’In our Hearts we Felt the Sentence of Death:’ Ethnic German Recollections of Mass Violence in the USSR, 1928-1948, “Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 11, nos. 2-3. June-September 2009.

“Volk auf dem Weg: Transnational Migration of the Russian-Germans from 1763 to Present Day,” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, vol. 9, no. 2, 2009.

“Socialist Racism: Ethnic Cleansing and Racial Exclusion in the USSR and Israel,” Human Rights Review, vol. 7, no. 3, April-June 2006.

“Scorched Earth: Soviet Deportations and Counterinsurgency in Lithuania,” Lithuanian Papers: Annual Journal of the Lithuanian Studies Society of the University of Tasmania, vol. 16, 2002.

“Stalin’s Genocide Against the ‘Repressed Peoples’,” Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 2, no. 2, June 2000.

Book Chapters:

"Nkrumah, the Cold War, the "Third World", and the US Role in the 24 February 1966 Coup" in Bea Lundt and Christoph Marx, (eds.), Nkrumah Today (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016).

“Is there a Black Eurasia?: Ghanaian and other African Diasporic Populations in the USSR in Comparative Perspective” in Nana Yao B. Sapong and J. Otto Pohl, (eds.), Replenishing History: New Directions in the 21st Century in Ghana  (Banbury: Ayebia, 2014).  

Coauthored with Felix Longi, “The Relative Failure of German Togoland as a Model Cotton Colony” in Wazi Apoh and Bea Lundt, eds., Germany and its West African Colonies: “Excavations” of German Colonialism in Post-Colonial Times (Berlin: Lit-Verlag, 2013).

“Ethnic Erasure: The Role of Border Changes in Soviet Ethnic Cleansing and Return Migration” in Eero Medijainen and Olaf Mertelsmann, eds., Border Changes in 20th Century Europe, vol. 1 Tartu Studies in Contemporary History (Berlin, Germany: Lit-Verlag, 2010).

“Loss, Retention, and Reacquisition of Social Capital by Special Settlers in the USSR, 1941-1961” in Cynthia Buckley, Blair Ruble, and Erin Trouth Hofmann, eds., Migration, Homeland and Belonging in Eurasia (Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson Center and Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 2008).

“Suffering in a Province of Asia: The Russian-German Diaspora in Kazakhstan,” in Mathias Schulze, James M. Skidmore, David G. John, Grit Liebscher, and Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach, eds., Germanic Diasporic Experiences: Identity, Migration, and Loss (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008).

“A Caste of Helot Labourers: Special Settlers and the Cultivation of Cotton in Soviet Central Asia: 1944-1956” in Deniz Kandiyoti, ed., The Cotton Sector in Central Asia: Economic Policy and Development Challenges, (London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2007).