I’m an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of modern European history with a specialty in 19th and 20th century Russia. My research and administrative work has concentrated on the role that culture plays in identity and the formation of social stereotypes (ethnic, religious, and gender) and the need to work for greater inclusivity. Having lived and worked more than a decade in Finland, Russia, and England, I look for opportunities to transcend geographic and national boundaries in ways that foster better relations between people from diverse backgrounds. These interests align well with my associate dean responsibilities overseeing the College’s study abroad initiatives and general education curriculum.
My teaching and research interests range from Russian peasants to women’s history and pre-Soviet cinema. I have authored nearly two dozen scholarly articles on these topics, a book (Converging Worlds: Religion and Community in Peasant Russia, 1861-1917), two co-edited books (Imperial and National Identities in Pre-Revolutionary, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Russia, with Johannes Remy; and The Fall of an Empire, the Birth of a Nation: National Identities in Russia—Nationalism and Fascism in Russia, with Timo Piirainen), and dozens of book reviews. I also have sought to better understand the relationship between academia and public policy and to this end have had two residencies at the the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. I am also a permanent faculty member of the department of history at the University of Helsinki.