Mark D. Steinberg

Professor of History

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

His 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); 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. Currently, he is completing a new history of the Russian revolutionary era for Oxford University Press, preparing the 9th edition of A History of Russia, and beginning a new project on “other spaces in Soviet history.” He is the coordinator of a three-year project of the Department of History’s Center for Historical Interpretation on Global Utopias ( 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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