Photo by David Rainbow - View from the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Eastern Siberia
My research deals with the political and cultural history of modern empires, how they governed their populations and how that has changed over the past two centuries. I focus on the history of the Russian empire, seeking to understand how it relates to broader European and global transformations in the nature of state power and colonization, the significance of nationality and race, and the political and cultural meaning of space.
My current book project is called, Participatory Autocracy: Siberian Regionalism and the Cohesion of the Russian Imperial State, 1860-1940. It examines the history of a social-political movement in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries that sought Siberian autonomy called "Siberian regionalism" and its complicated relationship with the imperial state. I trace changes during the period in how Russia governed and held onto its Asian territories. This project is based on my doctoral dissertation, a review of which was recently published on DissertationReviews.org.
I've also been involved in planning several academic workshops and conferences. Most recently, I was the organizer of a two-day international and interdisciplinary workshop called Russia's Races: A Workshop on the Meanings and Practices of Race in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. The workshop was held at New York University in February 2015. I am currently editing a volume of essays that came out of the workshop.
"American Penetration? The Project to Unite the Russian and American Railroad
Networks at the beginning of the Twentieth Century," Vestnik Omskogo universiteta,
no. 3 (2011), 122-130. (In Russian)
Review of An Empire of Others: Creating Ethnographic Knowledge in Imperial Russia and the
USSR ed. Roland Cvetkovski and Alexis Hofmeister, The Russian Review
Review of "Cultural Curators and Provincial Publics: Local Museums and Social Change in
Siberia, 1887-1941," DissertationReviews.org (March 2014).
Review of Russian Orientalism: Asia in the Russian Mind from Peter the Great to the
Emigration by David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Nationalities Papers, vol. 39,
no. 5 (September 2011): 851-853.
"Baja California, Here We Come! Separatism and the Russian Solution," All the Russia's
(blog), Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, entry posted September
"'In Us and In Our Children': Race Mixing and the Critique of Imperial Politics in Siberia,"
lecture to be delivered at "Contact Zones: Articulating and Practicing
Difference," Seton Hall University, January 2015.
"Siberian Mestizos: Race and Nationality in Asian Russia in the Late Nineteenth and
Early Twentieth Centuries," lecture delivered at the Columbia Seminar on
Slavic History and Culture, Columbia University, December 2013.
"Derailed Development: A Plan to Tunnel the Bering Strait, 1902-1907," lecture
delivered at Omsk State Regional Research Library, Omsk, Russia, February 2011.
"American Invasion! A Plan to Tunnel the Bering Strait, 1902-1907," lecture delivered at
Irkutsk State Regional Research Library, Irkutsk, Russia, December 2010.