Russian Studies on DR


The fourth season of Dissertation Reviews begins very soon, and we have more Russian Studies content than ever. If you wish to participate in Dissertation Reviews, please click here to become a reviewer or to have your dissertation reviewed. You may also contact our dedicated Russian Studies Co-Editors, Julia Fein and Andrew Janco.

Please note that, if your research interests lie in Central Asia and Inner Asia, do not forget that we also have an “Inner and Central Asian Studies” series.

It is with a little sadness that we bid farewell to Philippa Hetherington (Harvard University), who spearheaded the Russian series for the past 18 months. Philippa has built a wonderful foundation for us and has brought many new friends to Dissertation Reviews. We wish Philippa the very best as she finishes her PhD dissertation!


Coming up

George Lywood, “Our Riviera, Coast of Health: Environment, Medicine, and Resort Life in Fin-de-Siecle Crimea” (Ohio State University 2012), reviewed by Bathsheba Demuth (University of California, Berkely)

Daniel Scarborough, “The White Priest at Work: Orthodox Pastoral Activism and the Public Sphere in Late Imperial Russia” (Georgetown University 2012), reviewed by Aileen Friesen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Yulia Uryadova, “Bandits, Terrorists, and Revolutionaries: The Breakdown of Civil Authority in the Imperial Ferghana Valley, 1905-1914” (University of Arkansas 2012), reviewed by Leone Musgrave (Indiana University)

Christopher Stroop, “Providential Empire: Russia’s Religious Intelligentsia and the First World War” (Stanford University 2012), reviewed by Sergei Zhuk (Ball State University)

Auri Berg, “Reform in the Time of Stalin: Nikita Khrushchev and the Fate of the Russian Peasantry” (University of Toronto 2012), reviewed by Maya Haber (University of California, Los Angeles)

Karina Alexanyan, “The Map and the Territory: Russian Social Media Networks and Society” (Columbia University 2013), reviewed by Redmond Dennis (University of Texas at San Antonio)

Maria Khotimsky, “A Remedy for Solitude: Russian Poet-Translators in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras” (Harvard University 2012), reviewed by Boris Dralyuk (University of California, Los Angeles)

Kitty Lam, “Shared Space, Varied Lives: Finnish-Russian Interactions in Dacha Country, 1880s-1920s” (Michigan State University 2013), reviewed by James White (European University Institute)

Plus 25 more… (and counting!)


Meet the editors

Fein-1Julia Fein (Russian Studies) is a Mellon postdoc at the Department of History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Her dissertation, “Cultural Curators and Provincial Publics: Local Museums and Social Change in Siberia, 1887-1941,” was completed in 2012 at the University of Chicago.  She is currently working on a book manuscript on Networks of Exchange in History at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.  Aside from networks and exchange, her academic interests include imperial and commodity histories, science studies, materiality and infrastructures, expertise and the intellectual history of planning in Russian/early Soviet space. [Website here]


andrewjancoAndrew Janco (Russian Studies) studies Russian and Soviet history. His work focuses on the history of warfare, displacement and human rights protections for refugees. His dissertation, “Soviet ‘Displaced Persons’ in Europe, 1941-1951″ (University of Chicago 2012), studies the westward migration of more than five million Soviet citizens during World War II, their experiences as postwar “displaced persons” and eventual resettlement as refugees during the Cold War. He is currently adapting this work into a book. [Website here]



Our departing editor

HetheringtonPhilippa Hetherington (Russian Studies) is a PhD candidate in Russian history at Harvard University. Her dissertation is entitled “Victims of the Social Temperament: Prostitution, Migration and the Traffic in Women in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.” Building on research conducted in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Odessa, Geneva, and London, this project examines the emergence of “trafficking in women” as a specific crime in turn of the century Russia, and links this with the development of international humanitarian law, imperial governance, and migratory regimes. [Website here]


Image: Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, from an open window in the Hermitage. Photograph by Walter Smith. Wikimedia Commons.

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