Department of History

Dr. Viktor Shmagin

Dr. Viktor Shmagin
Assistant Professor of History


  • Traditional East Asia
  • World History, 1453 to the Present
  • Early-Modern and Modern Japan
  • The Samurai
  • Japan and Russia: Neighbors and Rivals


  • PhD., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010
  • B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 2004


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About Dr. Viktor Shmagin

Viktor Shmagin is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Fort Lewis College. He joined the College in 2016. Prior to joining Fort Lewis, Shmagin was a graduate student at the University of California's Department of History and a foreign researcher at the University of Tokyo's Historiographical Institute in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Shmagin is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Fulbright Institute of International Education Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2012-14), the University of California Pacific Rim Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2012), the University of California Santa Barbara Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s DeConde/Burns Prize (2014), and the University of California Santa Barbara History Associates’ Schlaikjer Fellowship (2016).
Dr. Shmagin has given numerous presentations on 19th century Russo-Japanese relations and Early Modern Japanese borderlands. Some of his venues include the annual Association for Asian Studies meetings, the University of Tokyo and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Dr. Shmagin is a professional member of The Association for Asian Studies and the Ranpeki no kai (association of young scholars of Japanese history in Japan). He is fluent in Russian, Japanese, and English.

Selected Publications and Presentations

“They Fear Us, yet Cling to Us: Russian Negotiations with Tsushima Domain Officials during the 1861 Tsushima Incident.” International History Review (August 2016): 1-25.
“‘Rihachofu kōkai nisshi’ kara yomitoku Tsushima jiken [The Tsushima Incident as Seen through Likhachëv’s Logbook].” Tōkyō daigaku shiryō hensanjo kenkyū kiyō 25 [The Research Bulletin of the Tokyo University Historiographical Institute no. 25] (Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Hensanjo, March 2015): 39-49.
"Japanese Diplomacy under the Tokugawa," World History Encyclopedia, Vol 6, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.”
"Russian Exploration of Siberia and Asia," World History Encyclopedia, Vol 6, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.”