joined the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas in 1997, after receiving his PhD at the University of Michigan in
1996, and is now Professor in the Department of History. He has been a visting fellow at the Slavic Research Center
at the University of Hokkaido, Japan; a fellow
at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and a visting fellow at the Center for Advanced study at
Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. From 2009 to 2015 he was one of the three editors of the
journal Kritika: Explorations
in Russian and Eurasian History.
In 2013-14 he was chair of UNLV's Faculty Senate, after that serving as
chair of UNLV's Promotion & Tenure Committee and then chair of its
Department of History.
His research has focused on the problem of religious freedom in the Russian Empire and the role of religious institutions and personnel in tsarist imperial governance. He has published articles in Social History, Slavic Review, Nationalities Papers, Kritika, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Russian Review, Ab Imperio, Cahiers du Monde russe, Journal of Modern History. His first book, At the Margins of Orthodoxy, was published with Cornell in 2002, and a book of his essays in Russian translation appeared in 2012 as Православие, инославие, иноверие (NLO). In 2014 he completed The Tsar's Foreign Faiths: Toleration and the Fate of Religious Freedom in Imperial Russia (Oxford), now available in paperback. On two occasions he has made conference presentations in verse, in one case using the meter of Alexander Pushkin's Evgenii Onegin as his model.
His most recent book is 1837: Russia's Quiet Revolution, published with Oxford University Press. He is currently writing "Russia's Enclosure: A History of the Longest Border," which explores Russia's boundaries from Norway to North America, and from the early modern period to the present. A review essay on this topic is forthcoming in 2021 in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.
Terrorism in the Russian Empire
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