Gijs Kessler (1969) studied history at the Free University of Amsterdam (MA, 1994) and the European University Institute, Florence (PhD, 2001). Specialist in the social history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Gijs worked on short assignments for the IISH in Moscow during 1994 and 1995, and returned to the Institute in 2002 to lead two consecutive Dutch-Russian research projects in twentieth century Russian social and labour history. In 2010 he assumed the position of Senior Research Fellow and Head Collection Development Russia and Eastern Europe at IISH.
Gijs is a participant in the Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations 1500-2000, member of the organising committee of the Global Migration History Programme, and a founding member of the Electronic Repository for Russian Historical Statistics.
Next to his work for the IISH he is involved in the work of the Moscow-based Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies in History, Economy and Society and is a member of the editorial board of the Social History Yearbook. Gijs lives and works in Moscow.
Current and past projects
- 2010-2013: Electronic Repository for Russian Historical Statistics.
- 2005-2008: Social and Economic Agency and the Cultural Heritage of the Soviet Past.
- 2002-2006: Work, Income and the State in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1900-2000.
- L.I. Borodkin, Gijs Kessler and A.K. Sokolov (eds), "Sovetskoe nasledstvo". Otrazhenie proshlogo v sotsial'nykh i ekonomicheskikh praktikakh sovremennoi Rossii, Sotsial'naia istorii Rossii XX veka (Moskva, 2010)
- Gijs Kessler, "The Rural-Urban Nexus in Russian Labour History, 1860s-1930s: Suggestions for a Global, Comparative Perspective", in Marcel Van der Linden and Prabhu P. Mohapatra (eds), Labour matters: towards global histories. Studies in honour of Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (New Delhi, 2009), pp. 207-225.
- Donald Filtzer, Wendy Goldman, Gijs Kessler and Simon Pirani (eds), A Dream Deferred: New Studies in Russian and Soviet Labour History, International and Comparative Social History 11 (Bern, Switzerland ; New York, 2008)
- Sergey Afontsev, Gijs Kessler, Andrei Markevich, Victoria Tyazhel'nikova and Timur Valetov, "The Urban Household in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1900-2000. Patterns of Family Formation in a Turbulent Century", The History of the Family, 13(2) (2008), pp. 178-194.
- Gijs Kessler, "The 1932-1933 Crisis and Its Aftermath beyond the Epicenters of Famine: The Urals Region", in Halyna Hryn (ed), Hunger by design : the great Ukrainian famine and its Soviet context (Cambridge, MA, 2008), pp. 117-129.
- Gijs Kessler, "Russische und ukrainische Saisonarbeitskräfte in den Getreideanbaugebieten Neurußlands und des nördlichen Kaukasus im späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert", in Klaus J Bade et al. (eds), Enzyklopädie Migration in Europa: Vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart (Paderborn, 2007), pp. 902-904.
- Gijs Kessler and Gennadii Egor'evich Kornilov (eds), Kolkhoznaia zhizn' na Urale, 1935-53 gg. Sbornik dokumentov, Dokumenty sovetskoi istorii (Moskva, 2006)
- Gijs Kessler, "Work and the household in the inter-war Soviet Union", Continuity and Change, 20(3) (2005), pp. 409-442
- Sergey A. Afontsev et al., Urban Households in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1900-2000. Size, Structure and Composition, IISH Research Paper 44 (Amsterdam, 2005) (PDF file attached, 84pp., 908Kb)
- Gijs Kessler, 'The Passport System and State Control over Population Flows in the Soviet Union, 1932-1940', in: Cahiers du Monde Russe, Vol. 42, no. 2-4 (Avril-Décembre 2001), pp. 477-504
- Gijs Kessler, 'Krest'yanskaya migratsiya v Rossiiskoi Imperii i Sovetskom Soyuze. Otkhodnichestvo i vykhod iz sela', in Sotsial'naya istoriya. Ezhegodnik 1998/99 (ROSSPEN, Moscow, 1999), pp. 309-336
- Gijs Kessler, The 'Schools of Communism' under Neo-Liberal Reform. Russia's traditional trade union movement in the transition to a free market (IISG-Research Paper, Amsterdam, 1996) (PDF file attached, 40pp., 153Kb)