Aldis E. Purs, PhD

Aldis Purs

PhD, History

Adjunct Faculty, History

Phone: 206-296-5450

Building/Room: Casey 410

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Aldis Purs is a "rootless cosmopolitan" having lived in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Ontario, Latvia, Washington D.C., California, and Washington with shorter stints all over the world. He received his B.A. from the University of Florida and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He wrote his dissertation on local government in Latvia from 1918 to 1940. His primary interests by geographical location are the Baltic states, the Soviet Union, nineteenth and twentieth century Europe, modern sub-Saharan Africa, and the collapse of Empires, Europe from 1900 to 1949. He specializes in applying some of the tools of a social historian to tourism, museums, orphans, and popular culture. Purs has authored three books and more than a dozen articles in academic journals and edited collections. He has taught at seven universities (but is still new to Seattle University) and was a Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. In his spare time, he has an on-going radio show on a local, community radio station