Photo by David Rainbow - View from the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Eastern Siberia
My research deals with the 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 and the Soviet Union, seeking to understand how these empires relate to broader European and global transformations in the nature of political power.
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. 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.