• U.S. citizen born in North Carolina, USA.

  • Author, editor, and translator of 3 books in 5 editions, 5 book chapters, 8 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 17 other articles, and 24 book reviews about the history of the Russian revolutionary movement, Russian biographies, Stalinist terror, Soviet trade unions, and the Workers’ Opposition within the Communist parties of Russia and Ukraine.

  • 30 conference presentations; 12 invited presentations (external)

  • Teaching experience: f2f lecture/discussion; Reacting to the Past role play immersion games; oral history methods; and online courses (“Teaching Online with La Salle” certified April 2020).

  • Certified proficient in Russian language by Indiana University Bloomington in 1989; course work in German, French, and Spanish languages.

  • Travel: 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.

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    Current projects

    • Forthcoming: “The Workers’ Opposition and the Trade Union Debate.” New Perspectives on the 10th Party Congress, March 1921: Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary. Edited by Clayton Black and Alexis Pogorelskin. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. EDC September 2022. 10,000 words.

    • Forthcoming: “Lenin and the Bolsheviks in 1917.” The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Russian Revolution. Edited by Geoffrey Swain et al. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, December 2022. 9400 words.

    • Article about the NKVD’s fabricated case against the Workers’ Opposition in Ukraine during the Great Terror

    • Translations of Alexander Shlyapnikov’s memoirs about the revolutionary movement

    Past projects:

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “The NKVD’s Case Against the Workers’ Opposition in Ukraine During the Stalinist Terror, 1937-38.” To be presented on the panel “Policing in Interwar Soviet Ukraine: Youth, Ethnicity, and Politics, 1920-1941” for the 54th convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Chicago, Illinois, November 10-13, 2022.


    • 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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