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Tom Cinq-Mars, Instructional Staff of Duke University Energy Initiative and History

Tom Cinq-Mars

Please note: Tom has left the "History" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

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 and Energy Initiative, along with Kazan Federal University in Russia. My teaching experience includes a course titled "Extractive Economies," a global of history of extractive industry writ-large. 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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  140 Science Drive, Gross Hall, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27705
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2023):

    Gross Hall 100C, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Ph.D.Duke University2020
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


Industries--Soviet Union--History • Petroleum industry and trade

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