Professor of History, Director of Graduate Studies
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 most recent books are The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford University Press, 2017) and the extensively revised ninth edition of A History of Russia, with Nicholas Riasanovsky (Oxford, January 2018) . 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); 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 is beginning a new project on “the crooked and the straight” in urban public space in New York City, Odessa, and Bombay during the long 1920s. He recent concluded his term as coordinator of the Department of History’s Center for Historical Interpretation, which focused for three years on Global Utopias (http://globalutopias.weebly.com). 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. In the 1970s, he worked in New York City as a taxi driver and a printer’s apprentice. And he is the father of Sasha Velour.
Current and recent courses (and links to syllabi)
- History 381: Exploring Modern Cities (Spring 2018)
- History Now! “A Century of Revolutions, 2017-1917: From Black Lives Matter to the Russian Revolution.” Co-taught with Prof. Jessica Greenberg (Anthropology) (History 102 / Fall 2017)
- Film and Revolution: From “Battleship Potemkin” to “Do the Right Thing” (History 300B / Spring 2017)
- The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921, (Education Justice Project, Spring 2017)
- Politics, Society, and Culture in Modern Russia, 1801-1917 (History 560 / Fall 2016)
- Russian History from Early Times to the Present: Experience, Imagination, and Power, (History 260 / Spring 2016)
- Approaches to History (593 / Fall 2015)
- History of the Soviet Union: Experiencing Revolution (462 / Spring 2015)
- Russia from Peter the Great to the Revolution (461 / Fall 2014)