Mark D. Steinberg

Professor of History

Mark Steinberg specializes on the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia and the Soviet Union in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His recent and current research focuses on urban history, revolutions, emotions, religion, violence, and utopias.

His newest book, hot off the press in time for the centenary of 1917: The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford University Press, 2017).  Other books include Moral Communities: The Culture of Class Relations in the Russian Printing Industry, 1867-1907 (California 1992); The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution, with Vladimir Khrustalev (Yale 1995); Voices of Revolution, 1917 (Yale 2001); Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925 (Cornell 2002); A History of Russia, with Nicholas Riasanovsky (Oxford, 8th edition, 2010); Petersburg Fin-de-Siecle (Yale, 2011); plus a video/audio lecture series, A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev. He has also co-edited a number of volumes, including Cultures in Flux: Lower-Class Values, Practices and Resistance in Late Imperial Russia, ed. with Stephen Frank (Princeton 1994); Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia, ed. with Heather Coleman (Indiana 2006); Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, ed. with Catherine Wanner (Indiana , 2008); Kul’tury gorodov Rossiiskoi imperii na rubezhe XIX – XX vekov, ed. with Boris Kolonitskii (St. Petersburg, Evropeiskii dom, 2009); and Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe, ed. with Valeria Sobol (Northern Illinois, 2011). From 2006 to 2013, he was editor of the interdisciplinary journal Slavic Review. He will also be preparing the 9th edition of A History of Russia and beginning a new project on “the straight and the crooked” in urban spaces in Leningrad, Odessa, and Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. He is completing his term as coordinator of a three-year project of the Department of History’s Center for Historical Interpretation on Global Utopias ( and began a three-year term as Director of Graduate Studies in History. He was born in San Francisco and received his B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz and his doctoral degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1987. He has also worked in New York City as a taxi driver and printer’s apprentice.


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