I am interested in global and comparative history. The focus of my research and teaching is Modern Europe and Russia, but I also look beyond these areas, in order to incorporate Russia and Europe into a broader context. I am particularly interested in social, economic, and cultural history, and history of labor, gender relations, peasantries, and childhood.

Currently I am working on a book project tentatively titled “Repressed Children: The Dark Side of Early Soviet Childhood, 1917-1941.” It investigates the problem of post-1917 children’s homelessness, starvation, and high mortality in early Soviet Russia.

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HIST 1110 World History, Origins - 1400

HIST 1120 World History, 1400 - Present

HIST 2230 Modern Europe, 1800 – Present

HIST  3210 Reformation Europe and the World

HIST 3250 Europe in the 19th century

HIST 3260 Europe in the 20th century

HIST 3330 Modern Russia

HIST 3900 Central Asia in the Russian Empire


Publication Highlights


Peasants in Russia from Serfdom to Stalin: Accommodation, Survival, Resistance (London: Bloomsbury, 2018)

Russia’s Factory Children: State, Society, and Law, 1800-1917 (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009)

A Life under Russian Serfdom: Memoirs of Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii, 1800-68 (Budapest & New York: Central European University Press, 2005)  

Select Articles and Essays:

Toward a Comprehensive Law: Tsarist Factory Labor Legislation in European Context, 1830–1914" in Russians Envision their Place in Europe, 1789-1914: A Member of the Family, Susan P. McCaffray, Michael S. Melancon, editors (New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2005)

Democratizing Habermas: Peasant Public Sphere in Pre-Reform Russia,” Russian History/Histoire Russe (Fall 2004), pp. 373-385

Serfs on the Move: Peasant Seasonal Migration in Pre-Reform Russia, 1800-61," Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History (Fall 2000): 627-56

Book Reviews:

Julie K. deGraffenried, Sacrificing Childhood: Children and the Soviet State in the Great Patriotic War, Lawrence KS: University of Kansas Press, 2014, Canadian-American Slavic Studies, forthcoming 2018-19

Mark Bailey, The Decline of Serfdom in Late Medieval England: From Bondage to Freedom, Woodbrigde, UK: Boydell Press, 2014, The Historian, 77, Winter 2015, 822-823