Dr Dina Gusejnova

Dr Dina Gusejnova

Associate Professor

Department of International History

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Office Hours
Tuesday, 4pm to 6pm
English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian
Key Expertise
Modern European History, Intellectual and Cultural History

About me

Dina Gusejnova (PhD in History, University of Cambridge) is Associate Professor in International History at LSE. Her research interests include modern European political, intellectual and cultural history of transitional periods, especially the revolutions of 1918-20 and the two World Wars. She is currently working on a cultural and intellectual history of forced displacement and internment in the Second World War.

Dina Gusejnova’s first major research project dealt with ideas of European integration after the First World War. In European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917-1957 (Cambridge University Press, 2016, pbk 2018), she reconstructs the intellectual lifeworld of three fading empires, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia, through the eyes of a group of German-speaking authors whose social lives traversed the three societies. The book maps out how ideas of Europe emerged in response to the decline of the continental empires.

In her subsequent research, Dina has concentrated on connections between cosmopolitan thought and war. In this context, she has recently edited Cosmopolitanism in Conflict: Imperial Encounters from the Seven Years' War to the Cold War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), which was the outcome of an international collaboration involving authors from the UK, the United States, Turkey and Russia. Revisiting the cultural history of global conflicts from the Seven Years’ War to the Cold War, they show how cosmopolitan ideas have been implicated not only in practices and legal justifications of war but also in personal experiences of conflict.

Further research has centred on German intellectual history in global contexts, as well as the history of critical and social theory. Her articles in this field, including work on authors such as Ernst Cassirer, Oswald Spengler, Theodor W. Adorno, and Max Weber, appeared in the Journal of European Studies, Cultural History, Comparativ, the Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte (Journal of World History), Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, and European Journal of Social Theory, and with Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury Academic and the Presses Universitaires Septentrion.

More recently, Dina Gusejnova has been thinking about history in a more diverse range of media, focusing on forms ranging from dialogue and conversation to video essays. She is the co-host of the podcast International History Now, which explores topical issues from a historical perspective with one or two invited guests. She has also contributed a feature to BBC Radio 4, and made independent documentary films in an essay format. One film explores about European identity and colonial legacies, Khadija’s Crown (2022), another film, called Rosenöl und Deutscher Geist (2020), looks at the impact of 1933 on the discipline of intellectual history, and most recently she has completed a documentary essay about the impossibility of telling the history of the 20th century in the Russian state historical museum, called The Last Room (2021).


Dr Gusejnova holds a BA, MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she taught the history of political thought. She was also awarded a European Doctorate from the Marie Curie consortium supported by the European Commission. After receiving a Harper-Schmidt postdoctoral fellowship from the Society of Fellows, she taught social and political theory in Chicago as Collegiate Assistant Professor. Dr Gusejnova has also held postdoctoral awards from the AHRC, the DAAD and the Leverhulme Trust. Having taught at UCL and

Queen Mary University of London, in 2015 she took up a lectureship at the University of Sheffield. Dr Gusejnova joined the LSE in September 2019. 

She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy, as well as an Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for Transnational History at UCL and the History Department at the University of Sheffield. She serves as Historical advisor to the ‘Imagining History’ programme for young writers led by the Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Dina is one of the co-conveners of the IHR Seminar in the History of Political Ideas, and a co-PI on two CIVICA research projects, Protecting Academics at Risk: A Survey of European and EU Practice (PROAC), and Democracy and Its Discontents. A Historical Examination of the Current Predicament of Democracy (DEMOS). She is one of the co-founders of the University of New Europe, a collective of academics who seek to facilitate new ways of researching and teaching European history and politics from a global perspective involving academics at risk from war and political persecution.

VIDEO: Watch Dr Dina Guesjnova talk about her historical research on Temporary States.

How did the idea of the state change over the course of the 20th century? And what did people do with these changing ideas?

Other titles: LSE-Columbia University Double MSc in International and World History Programme Director

Expertise Details

Modern European History; Intellectual and Cultural History; History and Social Theory

Teaching and supervision

Dr Dina Gusejnova teaches the following courses in the Department:

At undergraduate level:

HY120: Historical Approaches to the Modern World (taught jointly with other members of staff)

HY332 - Interwar Worlds: The Cultural Consequences of the First World War

At postgraduate level:

HY458: LSE-Columbia University Double Degree Dissertation

HY4B3: Citizenship in 20th century political thought: intellectual history in case studies

She also supervises the following students:

 Research student  Provisional thesis title
Ryoya Mizuno The International Thought of Arnold J. Toynbee: The Decline of the West and the End of the British Imperial System
Edoardo Vaccari Socialism and the Making of Europe: ‘Third Force’ Socialists in the European project (1932-1951)






Book chapters


Other publications


News and media

Dr Gusejnova has contributed to a range of national and international media, from the BBC to independent productions on radio and TV. She has also been involved in collaborations with organisations and institutions such as TedX, Tate Modern, Postnauka/SeriousScience, Journal of the History of Ideas blog, and Third Text.

Dr Gusejnova has a special interest in making independently researched features in audio and video formats, which require a slow work process but enable imaginative collaborations across sectors. An example of this kind of work is her radio feature ‘The Tarpaulin’ for BBC Radio 4, which combines material culture with intellectual history to trace the experience of statelessness and homelessness.

Dr Gusejnova completed a video documentary on the fortunes of German intellectual history, supported by the ZEIT-Stiftung. Co-created with Professor Richard Bourke (King’s College, Cambridge), “Rosenöl und Deutscher Geist: The Fortunes of German Intellectual History” presents the fortunes of a distinctly German phenomenon. The documentary explores how the history of ideas declined in Germany after a period of innovation and prosperity that lasted through the long nineteenth century.

In 2022, she was awarded a CIVICA EU grant, a project which aims to investigate how scholars who have been forced into exile by authoritarian regimes within/outside Europe are currently being integrated in the EU. It will be co-lead with Andrea Petö (CEU) and Alina Dragolea (SNSPA).

'To Be Open, In Spite Of The Past”: Revisiting Putin’s Words In The Light Of Russia’s War In Ukraine', a post on theUniversity of Sheffield's 'History Matters' blog (2022)

• A conversation on her book and doing transnational history after the Cold War with Julia Klimova from the Toynbee Prize Blog (2018)

• Dr Gusejnova appears as an expert in several episodes of The Impossible Peace: The Time Between World Wars, Dir. Michael Cove (2017, WildBear entertainment production, available on Amazon Prime).

‘The state, and revolution: A site-specific view of centenaries’, a three-part multimedia blog series for the Journal of the History of Ideas (2017).

‘Why has humanity become so emotional?’, a conversation with Alexandra Sheveleva for Esquire Russian (2016, in Russian)

‘Missing Citizenship: the history of statelessness’, TedX talk at Goodenough College, London (2015)

‘People on the Wall: Political Happiness Remembered’, contribution to the Passionate Politics blog (2015)

‘• The iconography of political murders’, talk for Postnauka.ru (2015, in Russian)

‘Spengler’s Decline of the West’, talk for Postnauka.ru (2015, in Russian)

‘The memory turn in history’, written for Postnauka.ru (2014, in Russian)

‘On the History of Sexual Orientation as Orientation in Thinking’, an essay critique of a law passed in Russia on 11 June 2013, which bans the so-called “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships”, written for Postnauka.ru (2013, in Russian)

‘On legality and legitimacy’, talk for Postnauka.ru (2013, in Russian)