Faculty Emeriti

Michael Urban
  • Title
    • Professor Emeritus
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Phone
    831-459-3153
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-3125
  • Office Location Crown College
  • Mail Stop Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Michael Urban's research has dealt principally with Russia (USSR), focusing on questions of political language and ideology, the circulation of elites, the dynamics of the mass movement that overthrew the communist regime, and the problems of state and society in the post-communist period. He has also explored the appearance and development of blues music and culture in Russia, focusing on social identity and community formation under conditions of stress and uncertainty.

Selected Publications

 New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina: Music, Magic and Myth, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016