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Peter Kabachnik
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Phone: (718)-982-2916
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)
Research Interests: Personality cults; memory; monuments; Georgia; Stalin; place; mobilities; displacement; IDPs; post-Soviet space; caucasus; Europe; Roma/Gypsies/travelers; political geography; cultural geography
Dr. Kabachnik is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs at the College of Staten Island-The City University of New York (CUNY) and a member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences program graduate faculty at The Graduate Center-The City University of New York (CUNY). He received his PhD in Geography (2007) from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a political and cultural geographer, whose interests lie in the way that people interact with places, and the interplay between place, mobility, and identity more generally. He is currently working on several research projects examining the role of cultural memory and memorialized landscapes in shaping national narratives, geopolitical contestations, and people’s everyday practices. He is particularly interested in post-Soviet memory and the memorialized landscape in Georgia, focusing on contemporary understandings of Stalin. He also explores more broadly how personality cults function, how they act as a disciplinary mechanism, and how they engender practices of compliance and resistance. His previous research has investigated topics such as discrimination against nomadic Gypsy and Traveler groups and the issues facing internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia.

Recent Publications:
  • "Kabachnik, Peter and Gugushvili, Alexi. 2015. "Unconditional Love: Exploring Hometown Effect in Stalin's Birthplace." Caucasus Survey. 3 (2).
  • Gugushvili, Alexi and Kabachnik, Peter. 2015. "Stalin is Dead, Long Live Stalin? Testing Nationalist, Structural, Ideological, and Cohort Replacement Hypotheses." Post-Soviet Affairs. 31 (1): 1-36.
  • Kabachnik, Peter, Mitchneck, Beth, Mayorova, Olga V., and Regulska, Joanna. 2014. “The Multiple Geographies of Internal Displacement: The Case of Georgia.” Refugee Survey Quarterly. 33 (4):1-30.
  • Kabachnik, Peter. 2014. ““Where Can We Put Our Homes?” Gypsies and Travelers in the English Green Belt.” Journal of Cultural Geography. 31 (3): 280-303.
  • Kabachnik, Peter. 2013. “Prison, Nuisance, or Spectacle?: The 2009 “Cell” Protests in Tbilisi, Georgia.” Geopolitics. 18 (1): 1-23.
  • Kabachnik, Peter, Grabowska, Magda, Regulska, Joanna, Mitchneck, Beth, and Mayorova, Olga V. 2013. “Traumatic Masculinities: The Gendered Geographies of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia.” Gender, Place, and Culture. 20 (6): 773-793.