Curriculum vitae


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of History

309 Gregory Hall

810 S. Wright Street

Urbana, IL  61801


Office phone: (217) 300-4104

Fax: (217) 333-2297




Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, History, 1987

M.A., University of California, Berkeley, History, 1982

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, History, 1978


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Department of History: Professor, 2003-present; Associate Professor, 1998-2003; Assistant Professor, 1996-1998; Director of Graduate Studies, 2016-

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures: Professor, 2005-present

Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Professor, 2007-present

Editor, Slavic Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, ASEEES formerly AAASS), August 2006-August 2013

Director, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, 1998-2004

Yale University, Department of History: Associate Professor, 1994-1996; Assistant Professor, 1989‑1994

Harvard University, Department of History, Assistant Professor, 1987‑1989

University of Oregon at Eugene, Department of History, Visiting Instructor, 1987


BOOKS (monographs and co-authored works):

The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Petersburg Fin de Siècle (Yale University Press, 2011)

A History of Russia, 8th ed., with Nicholas Riasanovsky (Oxford University Press, 2010) – translations: Korean, Turkish, Chinese

A History of Russia, 7th ed., with Nicholas Riasanovsky (Oxford University Press, 2004) – translations: Chinese and Polish

Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925 (Cornell University Press, 2002)

Voices of Revolution, 1917 (in the series “Annals of Communism,” Yale University Press, 2001) -Paperback edition, Fall 2003

Golosa revoliutsii, 1917 g. (Yale University Press, 2002) — on-line publication of documents in the original Russian:

The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution, with Vladimir Khrustalev (in the series “Annals of Communism,” Yale University Press, 1995). -Paperback edition, 1997 -Portuguese edition, Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editor, 1997  -Japanese edition, 1997 -Russian edition: Skorbnyi put’ Romanovykh (1917-1918 gg): Gibel’ tsarskoi sem’i (in the series “Arkhiv noveishei istorii Rossii: Seriia ‘Publikatsii,’” ROSSPEN, Moscow, 2001)

Moral Communities: The Culture of Class Relations in the Russian Printing Industry, 1867‑1907 (University of California Press, 1992)

BOOKS (edited volumes):

Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe, co-edited with Valeria Sobol (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011)

Kul’tury gorodov Rossiiskoi imperii na rubezhe XIX – XX vekov (Urban Cultures in the Russian Empire at the Turn of the Century), edited with Boris Kolonitskii (St. Petersburg, Evropeiskii dom, 2009)

Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, edited with Catherine Wanner (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Indiana University Press, 2008)

Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia, edited with Heather Coleman (Indiana University Press, 2007)

Cultures in Flux: Lower Class Values, Practices and Resistance in Late Imperial Russia, co-edited and introduced with Stephen Frank (Princeton University Press, 1994).


A History of Russia from Peter the Great to Gorbachev. A 36-lecture video/audio course with supplementary booklets (The Teaching Company, 2003)


“Feeling Modern on the Russian Street: From Desire to Despair,” chapter in Gender and the Urban Experience, eds., Katie Barclay et al. ((Routledge, Feb. 2017), 374-84

Foreword to a book on the Russian revolution for young readers, Jessica Piper, The Story of the Russian Revolution 100 Years Later (Atlantic Publishing, 2017)

“O poniatii modernosti (On the concept of modernity),” a contribution to “Sporia o modernosti” (Debate about modernity) in the journal Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (New literary observer), no. 140 (April 2016), 52-56.

“The Violence of the Petersburg Street, 1905-1917: Experience, Interpretation, Theory,” in Rossiia i SSha: poznavaia drug druga. Sbornik pamiati akademika A. F. Fursenko / Russia and the United States: Perceiving Each Other, eds. V. V. Noskov et al. (St. Petersburg: Nestor-Istoriia, 2015), 136-148.

“Modernity as Mask: Reality, Appearance, and Knowledge on the Petersburg Street,” in Races to Modernity: Metropolitan Aspirations in Eastern Europe, 1890-1940, eds. Jan C. Behrends and Martin Kohlrausch (Central European University Press, 2014)

“Experiencing Histories of the City,” in An Illinois Sampler: Research and Teaching on the Prairie, eds. Mary-Ann Winkelmes and Antoinette Burton, with Kyle Mays (U. Illinois Press, 2014): 67-71.

“Putin in the Mirror of History: Crimea, Russia, Empire”—an essay published on-line at History News Network as “Putin, Man of Mystery? Hardly,” April 13, 2014, at Reposted at OUPblog of Oxford University Press ( 1800 words.

“Emotions History in Eastern Europe,” in Doing Emotions History, eds. Susan Matt and Peter N. Stearns (University of Illinois Press, 2014), 72-99.

“Blood in the Air: Everyday Violence in the Experience of the Petersburg Poor, 1905-1917,” in Spaces of the Poor: Perspectives of Cultural Sciences on Urban Slum Areas and Their Inhabitants, ed. Han-Christian Petersen, (Bielefeld: Transcript — Verlag für Kommunikation, Kultur und soziale Praxis, 2013)

“Urodlivaya, padshaia lichnost’: Obschestvennyi diskurs o lichnosti i gorodskoi zhizni v Rossii 1906-1916 godov” (The Deformed and Decadent Modern Self:  Public Discourse on the Urban Self in Russia, 1906-1916), in Chelovek i lichnost’ v istorii Rossii, konets XIX-XX vek, eds. N. V. Mikhailov, Jochen Hellbeck, et al (St. Petersburg, 2013)

“Picturing Putin’s Russia,” on the OUPblog of Oxford University Press (and “editor’s pick”), posted May 26, 2012 (1400 words).  Re-posted by invitation at The Huffington Post (as a featured post):

“In Memoriam: Nicholas V. Riasanovsky,” Perspectives on History (AHA), October 2011, 46-47

“Melankholiia novogo vremeni: Diskurs o sotsial’nykh emotsiiakh mezhdy dvumia revoliutsiiami” (The Melancholy of Modern Time: Social Emotion Talk in Russia between the Revolutions), in Rossiiskaia imperiia chuvstv: Podkhody k kul’turnoi istorii emotsii [In the Realm of Russian Feelings: Approaches to the Cultural History of Emotions], eds. J. Plamper, S. Schahadat, and M. Elie (Moscow: NLO Press, 2010).

“‘Chernye Maski’; Zrelishcha, obrazy i identichnosti’ na gorodskikh ulitsakh,” in Kul’tury gorodov Rossiiskoi imperii, edited by Mark Steinberg and Boris Kolonitskii (St. Petersburg: Evropeiskii dom, 2009)

“The Ambiguities of Criticism—Notes from a Journal Editor/ Двойственность критики – заметки редактора журнала,” contribution to a forum on “Dialogue in the Humanities and Social Sciences”), Antropologicheskii forum/Forum for Anthropology and Culture 10 (2009): 150-61

“Plebeian Poets in Fin-de-Siècle Russia,” in The Human Tradition in Imperial Russia, ed. Christine Worobec (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009)

“Melancholy and Modernity: Emotions and Social Life in Russia between the Revolutions,” Journal of Social History, Summer 2008

“Workers in Suits: Performing the Self” in Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture, edited by Valerie Kivelson and Joan Neuberger (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2008)

“A Path of Thorns: The Spiritual Wounds and Wandering of Worker-Poets,” in Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia, edited with Heather Coleman (Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2007)

“Russia’s Fin de Siècle, 1900-1914,” in Cambridge History of Russia, vol. 3: The Twentieth Century, ed. Ronald G. Suny (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 67-93

“Foreword” to Mikhail Luk’ianov, Rossiiskii konservatizm i reforma, 1907-1914 (Stuttgart, Ibidem-Verlag, 2006)

“Nicholas II” and “Rasputin,” entries in Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction, ed. Jay Winter and John Merriman (Scribners, 2006)

“Maxim Gorky,” entry in Europe 1789 to 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry, ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter (Scribners, 2006)

Commentary on “Research and the Object of Research” in “Forum: Issledovatel’ i ob”ekt issledovaniia,” Antropologicheskii forum, no. 2 (2005): 84-88.

“In Memoriam: Reginald Zelnik,” Kritika (Fall 2004)

“Modernity and the Poetics of Proletarian Discontent,” in Language and Revolution: Making Modern Political Identities, ed. Igal Halfin (London: Frank Cass, 2002)

“Proletarian Knowledges of Self,” in New Labor History: Worker Identity and Experience in Russia, eds. Michael Melancon and Alice Pate (Bloomington: Slavica, 2002)

Historical introduction to chapter on post-Stalinist Russia, Invisible Walls: Legacy of Soviet Trauma–Eastern European Therapists and their Patients, eds. Robert J. Lifton and Jacob Lindy (Philadelphia: Brunner/Routledge, 2001)

“Reforming the Area Studies Curriculum,” NewsNet: Newsletter of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) (September 1999)

“The Injured and Insurgent Self: The Moral Imagination of Russia’s Lower-Class Writers,” in Workers and Intelligentsia in Late Imperial Russia, ed. Reginald Zelnik (Berkeley, IAS, 1999)

“Predstavlenie o ‘lichnosti’ v srede rabochikh intelligentov,” in Rabochie i intelligentsia Rossii v epokhu reform i revoliutsii, 1861-fevral’ 1917 g. (St. Petersburg, Blits Publishers, 1997), 96-113

“The Urban Landscape in Workers’ Imagination,” in Labor, Thought and Society in Russia and the Soviet Union: Essays Presented to Professor Reginald Zelnik, ed. Gerald D. Surh and Robert E. Weinberg, a special issue of Russian History (Spring-Summer-Fall-Winter 1996)

“Stories and Voices: History and Theory” (discussion), Russian Review (July 1996)

Report on “International Colloquium on Workers and the Intelligentsia in Russia in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries” (St. Petersburg, Russia, 11-16 June 1995), International Labor and Working-Class History Journal, co-authored with William Rosenberg and Reginald Zelnik (Spring 1996)

Contributions to Biographical Dictionary of European Labor Leaders (Greenwood Press, 1995)

“Vanguard Workers and the Morality of Class,” in Making Workers Soviet: Power, Class, and Identity, ed. Lewis H. Siegelbaum and Ronald Grigor Suny (Cornell University Press, 1994)

“Workers on the Cross: Religious Imagination in the Writings of Russian Workers,” Russian Review (April 1994)

“Worker Authors and the Cult of the Person,” in Cultures in Flux: Lower Class Values, Practices and Resistance in Late Imperial Russia, ed. Stephen Frank and Mark Steinberg (Princeton University Press, 1994)

“The Russian Working Class,” Encyclopedia of Social History, ed. Peter Stearns (Garland Press, 1994)

“Cultural Theory and the Category of Class,” Alternatives Newsletter (vol. 3, no. 1 [1994])

“The Language of Post-Communism,” Alternatives Newsletter, vol. 1. no. 5 (December 1992)

“Culture and Class in a Russian Industry: The Printers of St. Petersburg, 1860‑1905,” Journal of Social History, vol. 23, no. 3 (Spring 1990)



Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois, academic years 1996-98, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2009-10, 2016-17

Research Board Award: 1998-99, 2005-6, 2006-7, 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2007-8

University of Illinois, Humanities Leave Time Fellowship, 2008

International Research and Exchanges (IREX) grant for research in Russia, 2004

William and Flora Hewlett Summer International Research Travel Grant, 2004

Humanities in a Globalizing World, Grant support for conference “Cultures of the Russian City,” 2003-4

Carnegie Corporation, Grant support for conference “Cultures of the Russian City,” 2003-2004

Major grants awarded to the Russian and East European Center (grants for which I was Principle Investigator): Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (2000-2003, 2003-2006); Department of State Title VIII (annually 1998-present);

University of Illinois, International Council grant support for conference “Sacred Stories,” 2002 and grant support for visiting Russian scholar, 2004

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Fellow 2000-2001

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 1998

Program for the Study of Cultural Values and Ethics / Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois, Fellow 1997-1998

William and Flora Hewlett Summer International Research Grant, Summer 1997

National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for University Teachers, January-August 1995

Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Faculty Research Award, 1993‑1994

A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Award, 1993‑1994

Fox Faculty Fellowship for Research Study in Moscow, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, May-June 1993

International Research and Exchanges (IREX) grant for research in the Soviet Union, 1991‑92

Morse Junior Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities, 1991‑92

Social Science Research Council, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Russian and Soviet Studies, June 1990‑September 1992

Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center, Smithsonian Institution, Research Scholar, Summer 1989



LAS Alumni Discretionary Award, University of Illinois, 2001, 2003

LAS Honors Convocation Address, April 28, 2002

LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois, 2002; Honorable Mention, Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2002

George and Gladys Queen Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of History, University of Illinois, 1997-1998, 2001-2002

University Scholar, University of Illinois, 2000-2001

LAS Teaching Academy Mentor, University of Illinois, 1999-present

Helen Corley Petit Professorship, University of Illinois, 1998-1999

Sarai Ribicoff Prize for Teaching, Yale University, May 1993



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