Mëhilli, Elidor

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Office Hours

Fall 2019: Mondays by appointment only



Ph.D. –  Princeton University, 2011
M.A. – Princeton University, 2007
B.A. – Cornell University, 2005
B.S. – Cornell University, 2005


Interests and Research

Elidor Mëhilli’s research interests include modern European and international history, authoritarian regimes, non-capitalist forms of globalization, and political and economic integration/disintegration. He has written on de-Stalinization as a historical problem, urbanism as an angle into writing local, national, and transnational histories of socialism, the concept of "self-reliance" in Albanian-North Korean interactions in the 1960s, and on Soviet-Albanian-Chinese encounters in film across the Sino-Soviet split. Other work has appeared in the official catalogue of the Pavilion of the Republic of Albania at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

Mëhilli's book From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World explored socialism as a form of globalization through the angle of Albania under Yugoslav, Soviet, Eastern bloc, and Chinese patronage. It was based on eight years of archival research in Tirana, Berlin, London, Moscow, Prague, Rome, Washington, New York, and Palo Alto, including never before consulted Communist party, state, diplomatic, and police collections. From Stalin to Mao received the 2018 Marshall D. Shulman Book Prize and the 2018 Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies (from the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies) and the 2018 Stavro Skendi Book Award from the Society for Albanian Studies.



  • President, The Northeastern Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies organization and conference (NESEEES)
  • Convener, European Studies monthly seminar, the Harriman Institute, Columbia University



From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World (Cornell University Press, 2017)

  • Awarded the 2018 Marshall D. Shulman Book Prize, The Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies
  • Awarded (as co-winner) of the 2018 Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies, The Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies
  • Awarded the 2018 Stavro Skendi Book Award, The Society for Albanian Studies 

“Globalized Socialism, Nationalized Time: Soviet Films, Albanian Subjects, and Chinese Audiences across the Sino-Soviet Split,” Slavic Review 77:3 (Fall 2018): 611-637.

“Kryeqyteti dhe pushteti,” Përpjekja no. 34-35 (September 2016): 83-108.

“States of Insecurity,” The International History Review 37: 5 (October 2015): 1-22.

“Written. (Erased.) Rewritten,” Armando Lulaj et. al., Albanian Trilogy: A Series of Devious Stratagems (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2015).

“Mao and the Albanians,” in Alexander C. Cook (ed.), Mao’s Little Red Book: A Global History (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 165-184.

“Socialist Encounters: Albania and the Transnational Eastern Bloc in the 1950s,” in Patryk Babiracki and Kenyon Zimmer (eds.), in Cold War Crossings: International Travel and Exchange Across the Soviet Bloc, 1940s–1960s (Texas A&M University Press: 2014), pp. 107-133.

  • Awarded (co-winner) The Webb-Smith Prize, the Department of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures

“Technology and the Cold War,” in Artemy Kalinovsky and Craig Daigle (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War (New York: Routledge, 2014), pp. 292-304.

“The Socialist Design: Urban Dilemmas in Postwar Europe and the Soviet Union,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 13:3 (Summer 2012): 635-665.

“Defying De-Stalinization: Albania’s 1956,” Journal of Cold War Studies 13:4 (Fall 2011): 4-56.