Alena Alamgir
Lecturer and Director of Technical Communication
Love 255
Selected publications: 


Alamgir, Alena. 2017. “From the Field to the Factory Floor: Vietnamese Government’s Defense of
Migrant Workers’ Interests in State-Socialist Czechoslovakia,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 12(1):10-41.

Alamgir, Alena. 2014. "Recalcitrant Women: Internationalism and the Redefinition of Welfare Limits in the Czechoslovak-Vietnamese Labor Exchange Program, 1967-1989," Slavic Review 73 (1):133–155.

Alamgir, Alena. 2013. “Race Is Elsewhere: State-socialist ideology and the racialisation of Vietnamese workers in Czechoslovakia,” Race & Class 54 (4):67–85.

Alamgir, Alena. 2006. “The Learned Brāhmen, Who Assists Me”: Changing Colonial Relationships in the 18th and 19th Century India,” Journal of Historical Sociology 19 (4):419–446. BOOK CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUMES

Alamgir, Alena. 2018. “Labor and Labor Migration in State Socialism” introduction to a special issue, Labor History, volume 59, issue 3 (July).

Alamgir, Alena. 2017. “The Moped Diaries: Remittances in the Czechoslovak-Vietnamese Labor Migration Scheme” in Work out of Place edited by Mahua Sarkar (De Gruyter Oldenbourg).

Alena Alamgir & Christina Schwenkel. 2018. “From Altruistic Assistance to National Self-Interest: Vietnamese Labor Migration Into CMEA Countries” in Alternative Encounters edited by Mark James, Steffi Marung and Artemy Kalinovsky (Indiana University Press), forthcoming.

Alamgir, Alena. (forthcoming) “‘Inappropriate Behavior’: Labor Control and the Polish, Cuban and Vietnamese Workers in Czechoslovakia” in State Socialist Europe after 1945: Contributions to Global Labor History edited by Marsha Seifert and Susan Zimmermann (Central European University Press).


Review of Shevel, Oxana. Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Russian Review 72, 1 (January 2013): 180–181.

Review of Walke, Anika, Jan Musekamp, and Nicole Svobodny, eds. Migration and Mobility in the Modern Age: Refugees, Travelers, and Traffickers in Europe and Eurasia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017. Russian Review 77, 1 (January 2018): 170-171.


Book chapter on educational and labor mobility in Eastern Europe before 1989 for the first volume to be published by the Socialism Goes Global project team.

Book chapter on the pub, the hostel, and prison as the spaces of encounter and conflict in the Czechoslovak labor migration program for the second volume to be published by the Socialism Goes Global project team.


“Smažený sýr a pho” (“Fried Cheese and Pho”), Viet magazín. Available at magazin/reportaz-vn/2596-smaeny-syr-a-pho


“Binational Marriages and Czech Immigration Policy: Sorting Truth From Fiction?” Migration Online, Czech to English, February 2008.

“Green Cards? Disappointed Expectations” Migration Online, Czech to English, April 2008.
Interview with Jaroslav Bašta, the deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Czech Republic. Migration Online, Czech to English, November 2007.


Proust, biography by Claude Mauriac, publisher: Votobia, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 1997, French to Czech.