U.S. citizen born in North Carolina, USA. Lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Has traveled to Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Finland, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Mexico.


Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History, 2001, Indiana University Bloomington.

M.A. in Russian and Soviet History, 1992, Indiana University Bloomington.

B.A. in Modern European History, 1989, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Other Publications

  • Leaflets of the Russian Revolution: Socialist Organizing in 1917. Editor and translator. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2018. xiii+152 pp. Cloth ISBN-13: 9781608465477. Paper ISBN-13: 9781608469703. Ebook ISBN-13: 9781642590173.

  • Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik. Cloth, Brill, 2015. Cloth ISBN-13: 9789004248533. E-ISBN: 9789004248540. Paper, Haymarket, 2016. Paper ISBN-13: 9781608465583. Reviewed in The Russian Review; Europe-Asia Studies; Canadian-American Slavic StudiesLabour/Le Travail; H-Soz-u-Kult; Revolutionary Russia; Canadian Slavonic Papers; RS21: Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century.

  • Projects

    Current projects:

    Book: Translations of documents of the Workers’ Opposition in the Russian Communist Party (under contract)

    Worker Oppositionists in Ukraine, 1920s-1930s

    Samara group of the Workers’ Opposition; Iurii Milonov

    Past projects:

    Co-editor, Women East-West Newsletter, vols. 5-7 (2016-2018): https://awsshome.org/resources/women-east-west-newsletter/

    Book Review Editor, The NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928: https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/11299/183681

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Playing the February 1917 Revolution and Yalta, 1945 at La Salle University.” Gaming Russian and Soviet History: Reacting to the Past in the Classroom (Roundtable). 51st annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, San Francisco, California, November 23-26, 2019.


    American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

    Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

    Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)

    Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS)

    Study Group on the Russian Revolution (SGRR)

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