Webinar – Putin’s grip on the reins of power, The impact of the oil glut on that power and Russia’s economy, Russia’s meddling in foreign affairs-something new or an old habit, Russia’s response to Covid-19 and other topics of interest.
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. Investigating 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 Russsia, 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.
I teach and conduct research on international relations, with an emphasis on international security and foreign policy. Before coming to Hanover, I taught at Princeton and Georgetown.
I am the author or editor of nine books and some 60 articles and chapters on topics ranging from the Cold War to contemporary U.S. grand strategy. I teach courses in international politics, Russian foreign policy, leadership and grand strategy, violence & security and decision-making.
At Dartmouth, I’ve served as chair of the Government Department, on the Committee Advisory to the President, the Committee on Instruction, and on many College level search committees.
Beyond Dartmouth, I’ve held fellowships at the Institute of Strategic Studies at Yale, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, and the Hoover Institution. For six years I served as associate editor and then editor-in-chief of the journal Security Studies.
A lot of my work is relevant to policy. I participate in a working group sponsored by the National Intelligence Council that is studying strategic responses to U.S. unipolarity. Our work has figured in several NIC reports, including most recently Global Trends 2030. I have served as a consultant to the Strategic Assessment Group and the National Bureau of Asian Research. I routinely lecture and conduct seminars with policy-makers, including, in recent years, the National Defense University, Naval War College, Army War College, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, and defense and foreign policy institutes in Germany, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Russia, and the United Kingdom.