I teach the history of modern Russia, from the age of Peter the Great to the late twentieth century, and offer both survey courses covering the late Imperial and Soviet eras as well as more specialized, source-based, honours modules on, for example, the Russian intelligentsia, Russian perceptions of Western Europe, Russian historical culture in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I also contribute to taught postgraduate modules in Central and East European Studies, and sub-honours team-taught modules in modern West European and American historiography.
My research interests fall within Russian cultural and intellectual history. I am particularly fascinated by the phenomenon of the cultural transmission of ideas across borders, which, to date, has framed most of the research projects I have undertaken, whether single-handed or in collaboration with colleagues in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the United States, and Russia. Currently, though, I am working on the place of creative literature in Russian nineteenth and twentieth-century historiography. This is a two-volume study, which explores the ways historians used creative literature as means both to enhance their narratives, but also as a resource, of sorts, in historical enquiry itself.
For more than a decade I served on the editorial board of Studies in East European Thought (Springer), and since 2008, have been a member of the International Advisory Board of Intellectual History Review (Routledge).
I welcome postgraduate and doctoral research students in most fields of Russian intellectual culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the present.
Current Research Students:
Tom Rollings (with the School of Modern Languages): Reconstructing Chernyshevsky’s Place in European Intellectual History
Module Coordinator for HI2001- History as a Discipline: Developments and Key Concepts
Offers the following Honours courses: