Peter Kabachnik


Dr. Kabachnik is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs and Coordinator of the Geography program at the College of Staten Island-The City University of New York (CUNY) and a member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences program graduate faculty at The Graduate Center-The City University of New York (CUNY). He received his PhD in Geography (2007) from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a political and cultural geographer, whose interests lie in the way that people interact with places, and the interplay between place, mobility, and identity more generally. He is currently working on a research project examining the role that personality cults play as a form of social and spatial control in authoritarian regimes. This project explores more broadly how personality cults function, how they act as a disciplinary mechanism, and how they engender practices of compliance and resistance. He also examines the role of cultural memory and memorialized landscapes in shaping national narratives, geopolitical contestations, and people’s everyday practices. He is particularly interested in post-Soviet memory and the memorialized landscape in Georgia, focusing on contemporary understandings of Stalin. His previous research has investigated topics such as discrimination against nomadic Gypsy and Traveler groups and the issues facing internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia.


Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)

M.A., Rutgers University

B.A., Rutgers University

Scholarship and Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Kabachnik, Peter, Gugushvili, Alexi, and Kirvalidze, Ana. “What About the Monument? Public Opinion and Contentious Politics in Stalin’s Homeland.” Problems in Post-Communism. Forthcoming.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2018. “The Power of Place, or Powerless Places? Hybrid Attitudes Toward Soviet Symbols in Post-Soviet Georgia.” Central Asian Survey. 37 (2): 265-285.

Gugushvili, Alexi, Kabachnik, Peter, and Kirvalidze, Ana. 2017. “Collective Memory and Reputational Politics of National Heroes and Villains.” Nationalities Papers. 45 (3): 464-484.

Gugushvili, Alexi, Kabachnik, Peter, and Gilbreath, Aaron. 2016. "Cartographies of Stalin: Place, Scale, and Reputational Politics." Professional Geographer. 68 (3): 356-367.

Kabachnik, Peter, Gugushvili, Alexi, and Jishkariani, David. 2015. "A Personality Cult’s Rise and Fall: Three Cities after Khrushchev's “Secret Speech” and the Stalin Monument that Never Was." Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. 4 (2): 309-326.

Kabachnik, Peter and Gugushvili, Alexi. 2015. "Unconditional Love: Exploring Hometown Effect in Stalin's Birthplace." Caucasus Survey. 3 (2) 101-123.

Gugushvili, Alexi and Kabachnik, Peter. 2015. "Stalin is Dead, Long Live Stalin? Testing Nationalist, Structural, Ideological, and Cohort Replacement Hypotheses." Post-Soviet Affairs. 31 (1): 1-36.

Kabachnik, Peter, Mitchneck, Beth, Mayorova, Olga V., and Regulska, Joanna. 2014. “The Multiple Geographies of Internal Displacement: The Case of Georgia.” Refugee Survey Quarterly. 33 (4):1-30.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2014. ““Where Can We Put Our Homes?” Gypsies and Travelers in the English Green Belt.” Journal of Cultural Geography. 31 (3): 280-303.

Kabachnik, Peter, Grabowska, Magda, Regulska, Joanna, Mitchneck, Beth, and Mayorova, Olga V. 2013. “Traumatic Masculinities: The Gendered Geographies of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia.” Gender, Place, and Culture. 20 (6): 773-793.

Kabachnik, Peter and Ryder, Andrew. 2013. “Nomadism and the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act: Constraining Gypsy and Traveller Mobilities in Britain.” Romani Studies. 23 (1): 83-106.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2013. “Prison, Nuisance, or Spectacle?: The 2009 “Cell” Protests in Tbilisi, Georgia.” Geopolitics. 18 (1): 1-23.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Shaping Abkhazia: Cartographic Anxieties and the Making and Remaking of the Abkhazian Geobody.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. 14 (4): 397- 415.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Nomads and Mobile Places: Disentangling Place, Space, and Mobility.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 19 (2): 210-228.

Kabachnik, Peter, Regulska, Joanna, and Mitchneck, Beth. 2012. “Displacing Blame: Georgian Internally Displaced Person Perspectives of the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict.” Ethnopolitics. 11(2): 123-140.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Wounds That Won’t Heal: Cartographic Anxieties and the Quest for Territorial Integrity in Georgia.” Central Asian Survey. 31 (1): 45-60.

Kabachnik, Peter, Regulska, Joanna, and Mitchneck, Beth. 2010. “Where and When is Home? The Double Displacement of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia.” The Journal of Refugee Studies. 23 (3): 315-336.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2010. “England or Uruguay?: The Persistence of Place and the Myth of the Placeless Gypsy.” Area. 42 (2): 198-207. 

Kabachnik, Peter. 2010. “Place Invaders: Constructing the Nomadic Threat in England.” Geographical Review. 100 (1): 90-108.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2009. “To Choose, Fix, or Ignore Culture?  The Cultural Politics of Gypsy and Traveler Mobility in England.” Social and Cultural Geography. 10 (4): 461-479.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2009.  “The Culture of Crime: Examining Representations of Irish Travelers in Traveller and The Riches.” Romani Studies. 19 (1): 49-63.


Kabachnik, Peter, Kirvalidze, Ana, and Gugushvili, Alexi. 2016. Stalin Today: Contending with the Soviet Past in Georgia. Tbilisi: Ilia State University Press.

Chapters in Books

Regulska, Joanna, Mitchneck, Beth, and Kabachnik, Peter. 2018. “Displacement, State Violence and Gender Roles: The Case of Internally Displaced and Violence-Affected Georgian Women.” In Barkaia, Maia and Waterston, Alisse, eds. Gender in Georgia. New York: Berghahn, 138-152.

Kabachnik, Peter, Mitchneck, Beth, and Regulska, Joanna. 2015. “Return or Integration? Politicizing Displacement in Georgia.” In Nodia, Ghia and Stefes, Christoph H. eds. Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region. Bern: Peter Lang: 183-204.

Kovács, Melinda and Kabachnik, Peter. 2001.  “Shedding Light on the Quantitative Other: The EU’s Discourse in the Commission Opinions of 1997.” In József Böröcz and Melinda Kovács eds. Empire’s New Clothes. Telford: Central Europe Review. Pages 147-195.  Access at:

Book Reviews and Other Publications

Kabachnik, Peter, Mitchneck, Beth, and Regulska, Joanna. 2014. Les déplacés de Géorgie, instruments géopolitiques (French translation of "Georgian IDPs as Geopolitics").Diplomatie. August-September, 22: 42-48.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2013. “Book Review - The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule.” Central Asian Survey. 32 (1): 102-104.

Jimenez, Jeremy and Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “The Other Iraq: Exploring Iraqi Kurdistan.” FOCUS on Geography. 55 (2): 31-40. [Refereed]

Kabachnik, Peter. 2007. “Book Review - Here to Stay: The Gypsies and Travellers of Britain.”Romani Studies. 17 (2): 250-254.

Kovács, Melinda and Kabachnik, Peter. 2001. “A Kvantitatív másság felfedezése: Az EU diskurzusa az 1997- esországvéleményekben.” (Hungarian translation of “Shedding Light on the Quantitative Other”). Replika. 45-46 (November): 61-88. (Reprinted)

Dr. Peter Kabachnik

Contact Information

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