Dan Waugh

Professor Emeritus
Dan Waugh


Medieval Russia, Central Asia, Ottoman history.

Dan Waugh is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of History, Jackson School of International Studies, and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington, Seattle. He did his undergraduate work at Yale University, and in 1963 graduated with a B.A. in Physics. In 1965, he finished his Master’s on the Regional Studies of the Soviet Union at Harvard University, and seven years later he completed his Ph.D. at the same institution. The same year, 1972, he began his employment at the University of Washington, and has remained there ever since. He taught in three different departments, namely the departments of History, of International Studies, and of Slavic and East European Languages and Literature until 2006. His main academic interests are Central Asia and medieval and early modern Russia, although he once focused on Ottoman history. He is the current director of the Seattle Silk Road Project and editor of the journal of the Silkroad Foundation.



  • Yale University, Ph.D., 1972