Research

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, which is under contract and will be published in 2020. It investigates the problem of post-1917 children’s homelessness, starvation, and high mortality in early Soviet Russia.

For more information, visit my page on Academia.edu


Courses

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

Books:

Repressed Children: The Dark Side of Early Soviet Childhood, 1917-1941 (under contract forthcoming 2020)

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


Awards

Summer Research Grant and Associateship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Summer 2018

Faculty Development Grant, UTC, Summer 2018 

Faculty Development Grant, UTC, Spring 2018

Travel Grant, UTC College of Arts and Sciences, Fall 2017

Travel Grant, UTC College of Arts and Sciences, Spring 2017


Conference & Presentation Highlights

Paper Presentations:

“Realpolitik: Discourses and Realities of the Early Soviet Government, 1917-1918,” Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, March 2, 2018, Charlotte, SC

“Realpolitik: From the Red Terror to the New Economic Policy,” Study Group on the Russian Revolution, Cardiff, UK, January 6, 2018

“The VeCheKa goes to the Market,” ASEEES Convention, Philadelphia, November 20, 2015

“Street Children in Bolshevik Russia: Time, Space, Discourses, Ideas and Reality of a Predicament, 1917-1928,” Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, March 30, 2012, Savannah, GA

Conference Participation:

“Russia’s Great Revolution: Looking Deeper and Broader,” Panel Chair, ASEEES, Chicago, IL, November 11, 2017

“Individuals and the Revolution,” Panel Discussant, Study Group on the Russian Revolution, XLIII Annual Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, January 7, 2017

“Reimaging Womanhood in Nineteenth Century Poland and Russia,” Panel Chair, ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies), Washington, DC, November 19, 2016

“History of Early Soviet Childhood in Light of New Research,” Roundtable Discussant, ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies), Washington, DC, November 19, 2016

“Reassessing 1917: Toward the Centennial,” Roundtable Chair, ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies), San Antonio TX, November 23, 2014

“Merchants and Commerce in 18th Century Russia,” Panel Chair, Southern Conference of Slavic Studies, April 10, 2014, Atlanta, GA

“Revolutions and Revolutionaries: Building a Peasant Constituency,” Roundtable Chair and Discussant ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies), Boston, MA, November 22, 2013

“Teaching Russia and the Soviet Union in the World History Survey,” Roundtable Discussant, Georgia Conference on World History, Savannah, GA, February 2012

“Serfdom: Agency, Negotiation and Resistance,” Panel Discussant ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies), Washington DC, November 20, 2011