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. In 2019-22 he served as Undergraduate Coordinator in his department.
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). His most recent book is 1837: Russia's Quiet Revolution, also with Oxford.
Paul Werth is currently writing three books: A Territorial History of Russia (under contract with Bloomsbury); Russia's Enclosure: A History of the Longest Border (under contract with Oxford); and Russia's Other Eastern Church: The Empire and the Armenian Confession, 1828-1914 (under contract with I. B. Tauris). In 2022 he was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In the Spring of 2023 he is the Gerhard Casper Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and in Spring of 2024 he is fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in Uppsala.