Tom J. J. Cinq-Mars,

Tom J. J. Cinq-Mars

I am an historian of modern (Soviet) Russia interested in questions at the intersections of business, energy, and the environment. My dissertation analyzes links between the building of the world's longest oil pipeline, Druzhba, or "Friendship," and institutional variety in former Communist Europe. My broader research agenda focuses on varieties of industrial organization as well as energy and environmental policymaking in that space. It is informed by interdisciplinary collaboration at Duke's History Department, Energy Initiative, and Kazan Federal University in Russia. My teaching experience includes assistantships in History as well as small-group Russian-language instruction. My primary advisor is Edward J. Balleisen. I also work closely with Erika S. Weinthal. Before coming to Duke, I served on the staff of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and conducted research in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar.

Office Location:  John Hope Franklin Center for International & Interdisciplinary Studies
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2018):


BANortheastern University2010

European and Russia
Economic and Business Cultures
Global Transnational History
Research Interests:

I am currently interested in questions of Soviet economic development in the postwar period, particularly the role and impacts of the oil industry, broadly construed.

Areas of Interest:

Eastern Europe