Field: Modern Europe; Advisor: Evtuhov; Year: 2017
Sohee Ryuk is a historian of twentieth-century Eurasia and the Soviet Union.
Her dissertation is tentatively titled “Weaving “Oriental Carpets” into the Soviet Union: Handicraft and Folk Art at the Intersections of Nations, Commodity, and Labor, 1890-1986.” In her dissertation, she uses carpets from Central Asia and the Caucasus as a lens to contextualize changes in labor organization and commodity production in the Soviet Union. Carpet weavers, scholars, and the state reimagined carpet traditions as they transformed trade and production networks to form national commodities. Her research has been funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Harriman Institute. In the Fall of 2022, she will be in residence at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library as a Dissertation Fellow.
Prior to coming to Columbia, Sohee received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.