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Christo Atanasov Kostov

International Relations, Cold War, nationalism, Russian propaganda, IE University

Chris Kostov is Associate Professor of History and International Relations at IE University and at Schiller International University, Madrid, Spain. He earned his PhD in History and Canadian Studies from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he focused on nationalism, nation-building, North American immigration trends, and Native American Studies.
Prior to coming to Spain, Dr. Kostov taught history at the University of Ottawa. He was also an invited lecturer at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and a historical researcher in the federal government of Canada, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.
Dr. Kostov edited in 2020 the volume Regionalism and Separatism in Modern Europe (Logos Verlag, 2020) and he is the author as well of three books: The Communist Century: From Revolution to Decay, 1917-2000. Explaining History, 2014, Contested Ethnic Identity: The Case of Macedonian Canadians in Toronto, 1900-1996 (Peter Lang, 2010) and Terror and Fear: British and American Perceptions of the French-Indian Alliances during the Seven Years' War (Publish America, 2005), as well as book chapters, academic and encyclopedia articles and book reviews.
Currently, his main research interest is the Cold War, the impact of the communist secret services on the daily lives of common people in Eastern Europe and Russian propaganda.


  • –present
    International Relations, Cold War, nationalism, Russian propaganda, IE University


  • 2010 
    University of Ottawa, Canada, Ph.D. in History and Canadian Studies