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I am a historian of Russia, Central Asia, and the USSR. My work focuses on histories of environment, economic life, and mobility. The book I am writing, Managing Nature, Constructing the State: The Material Foundation of Soviet Empire in Tajikistan, examines problems in transportation and commodity chains on land and water in southern Central Asia and across the USSR in the 1920s and 1930s. It looks at infrastructure construction, freightage markets, border landscapes, and the roles of horses and camels. This emphasis on the tangible leads me to engage with understandings of post-colonial economic growth, and Soviet geography, modernity, and time. I hold a PhD in History (2016) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My work has appeared in Soviet and Post-Soviet Review and Central Asian Survey. For more detailed information, please visit www.history.pitt.edu/people/patryk-reid.