BA in History, Dartmouth University, 1996
MA, PhD in History Stanford University, 2007
Russia, Early Modern Europe, empires, early modern commerce, early modern travelers' accounts, merchant cultures, political economy of early modern empires, history of corruption, environmental history, Central Asia
I joined the UNM History department in 2008. My work for a small company in Russia during the 1990's sparked my interest in the history of enterprise in Russia. This, coupled with an interest in borderlands and frontiers, led me to write a dissertation that examines merchants and their practices in Siberia during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. That project became my first book, The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia (Cornell University Press, 2016).
I currently have three ongoing projects. The first is a book project, tentatively titled “Spinning Russia: Nicolaas Witsen and the Making of Russia’s Image in Europe”, which investigates the work of Nicolaas Witsen (1641–1717)—a Dutchman who devoted himself to amassing information about the peoples, places, and history of Eurasia—in order to reexamine circulation of knowledge about Russia and Eurasia in the early modern era. IInvestigating representations of Eurasian indigenous peoples and the cartographical traditions on which Witsen drew are components of this project. Second, growing out of my first book, I am continuing to explore Bukharan merchants and imperial intermediaries in a broader Eurasian context and into the nineteenth century.
Third, Bloomsbury Publishers has commissioned me to write a revised and expanded second edition of Lindsey Hughes’ The Romanovs: Ruling Russia, 1613–1917.
I teach courses on Rus’, Muscovy, the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and Russia from the ninth century to the present in a three-semester narrative sequence. I also teach courses on the history of the Russian empire, Environmental History and Russia in a larger European and global context. I teach graduate seminars in Early Modern Commerce (Cultures of Exchange; Capitalism: A Prequel) and Eurasian Borderlands. My teaching and research touch all of our department’s thematic concentrations, while my publications to date fit most squarely in our Frontiers & Borderlands and Politics & Economy concentrations. If you are a potential graduate student interested in working with me at UNM, please send me an email.
If you are a scholar of Slavic studies interested in reviewing a book for Canadian-American Slavic Studies, please email me about your areas of expertise along with a CV and we will see about getting you paired with an appropriate book.
The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016).
- Winner, 2018 W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize for a first monograph of exceptional merit and lasting significance for understanding Russia’s past
- Honorable Mention, 2016 Heldt Prize for the Best Book by a woman in Slavic/Easter European/Eurasian Women’s Studies (Association for Women in Slavic Studies)
- Honorable Mention, 2016 Early Slavic Studies Association Book Prize
Seeing Muscovy Anew: Politics–Institutions–Culture. Essays Honoring Nancy Shields Kollmann. Edited by Michael Flier, Valerie Kivelson, Erika Monahan, and Daniel B. Rowland (Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2017).
Book chapters & articles
“Moving Pictures: Tobol’sk ‘Traveling’ in Early Modern Texts,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies 52.2–3 (2018): 261–89.
“Salt Wars and Salted Coffee: At Home with the Filat’evs,” in Seeing Muscovy Anew: Politics–Institutions–Culture. Essays Honoring Nancy Shields Kollmann. Edited by Michael Flier, Valerie Kivelson, Erika Monahan, and Daniel K. Rowland (Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2017).
“Tsardom of Russia, 1547-1721,” in Encyclopedia of Empire, ed. John MacKenzie, 4 Vols. (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, February 2016).
“Imperial Muslims: A History of the Shababin Family,” in Потомки Пророка в Сибири XVI-XXI вв. [Descendants of the Prophet in Siberia, XVI-XXI vv.] by A.K. Bustanov with contributions by S.N. Korusenko and Erika Monahan (forthcoming).
“Locating Rhubarb: Early Modernity’s Relevant Obscurity,” in Early Modern Things: Objects and their Histories, 1500–1800, ed. Paula Findlen (London: Routledge, 2013).
“Gavril Romanov Nikitin: A Merchant Portrait,” in Russia’s People of Empire: Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500-Present, ed. by Willard Sunderland and Stephen Norris (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2012).
“Uraisko Kaibulin: Bukharan in a Borderland,” in Portraits of Old Russia: Imagined Lives of Ordinary People, 1300–1725, ed. by Donald Ostrowski and Marshall T. Poe (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2011).
“Virtue and Vice: Controlling Commodities in Early Modern Siberia,” in Tobacco in Russian History and Culture: The Seventeenth Century to the Present, ed. By Matthew P. Romaniello and Tricia Starks (New York: Routledge, 2009).
Winner, 2018 W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize for a first monograph of exceptional merit and lasting significance for understanding Russia’s past
Honorable Mention, 2016 Heldt Prize for the Best Book by a woman in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women’s Studies (Association for Women in Slavic Studies)
Honorable Mention, 2016 Early Slavic Studies Association Book Prize
2013 Visiting fellow at the Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies at Harvard
Shoemaker Award, University of New Mexico, 2009, 2012, 2016
Weter and Mazour dissertation grant, 2006-7
Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Fellow, 2004
American Council of Teachers of Russian dissertation grant, 2004 (declined)
Stanford Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies research grant, 2002, 2003
Stanford University Centennial Award for Excellence in Student Teaching, 2002
Stanford University, History Department fellowship, 2000-2006
- Rus’, Muscovy, Russia, 9th-17th Centuries
- Men & Women in Imperial Russia
- Soviet & Post-Soviet History
- Russian Empire
- Explorations in Russian Environmental History
- Russia and “The West”
- Catherine the Great and the Rise of Russian Power
- Encounter and the Making of Early Modern Europe
- History of Early Modern Europe
- Western Civilization I & II
- Seminar: Cultures of Commerce; Capitalism: A Prequel
- Seminar: Eurasian Borderlands