Professor of Russian and Soviet History at Queens College, City University of New York, specializing in gender and conservatism in the first half of the nineteenth century. Interests also include writing and methods and the history of pre-industrial textiles.


BA, University of Chicago 1997

Ph.D., Columbia University 2007


Региональная парадигма “Региональная парадигма экономического развития в России XIX в.[(Russian)A Regional Paradigm for Russian Economic Development in the Nineteenth Century] in Регионы Российской империи: идентичность, репрезентация, (на)значение [(Russian) Regions of the Russian Empire: Identity,Representation, Meaning], edited by Willard Sunderland and Ekaterina Boltunova(Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2021).
экономического развития в России XIX векаэкономического развития в России XIX

“Weaving a Strong Cloth: Textiles on the Chikhachev Estate in 1830s Vladimir Province,” in Romaniello, Smith, and Starks eds., The Life Cycle of Russian Things: From Fish Guts to Faberge, 1600 – present (Bloomsbury, 2021)

The Essential Guide to Writing History for the Classroom (Oxford University Press, 2020)

An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in Provincial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2013) Out in paperback in 2017, in Russian translation in 2019.

“Discovering Russian Regions: Fruits of the Archival Turn in Imperial Russian History” (review essay), Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 21, no. 4 (Fall 2020), 877-892.

“The Maiden and the Wolf: Law, Gender, and Sexual Violence in Imperial Russia” (co-written with Sergei A. Antonov, Slavic Review, 77, No. 1 (Spring 2018), 99-121.)

“‘Prayed to God, knitted a stocking’: Needlework on a Nineteenth-Century Russian Estate” Experiment: A Journal of Russian Culture, Vol. 22, No. 1, (2016) pp. 1-12.

“Кто отвечал за воспитание детей в XIX в.? Представления А. И. Чихачева о воспитании как о службе государству,” Вестник Православного Свято­-Тихоновского гуманитарного университета. Серия 4: Педагогика и психология. [“Who Was Responsible for Vospitanie in the 19th Century? The Evidence of A. I. Chikhachev on Vospitanie as State Service”)], Herald of St. Tikhonov’s Orthodox University for the Humanities. Series 4: Pedagogy and Psychology, Vol. 2, No. 37, (Spring 2015), pp. 59-71.

Non-academic writing:

A Consumer’s Guide to Information: How to Avoid Losing Your Mind on the Internet (Amazon, 2016)

Work Will Not Save You“, guest post on The Professor Is In Blog

“America has forgotten the value of the humanities at the moment it needs them most” in the Washington Post

“How the British defeated homegrown fascism — and how Americans can do the same” in the Washington Post

“The GOP Is No Longer A ‘Conservative’ Party: They’ve become radical, and they want to remake America” in the Huffington Post

“Stay-at-home dads aren’t as new as you think,” Oxford University Press Blog

Blog Posts


    My second historical monograph is tentatively titled Policing Faith: Gendarmes and Mystics in Early Nineteenth Century Russia. It will address gender and religious practice, alternatives to official Orthodoxy, the transmission and reception of ideas relating to unreason from Western Europe to Russia, and the connections between all this and the developing conservatisms and nationalisms of the early and mid-nineteenth century, as well as the effect of involvement in these movements on the reign of Alexander I.

    At the same time, I am working on a longer-term project on the history of preindustrial textiles in Russia and the historiography of proto-industrialization.






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