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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at Vyatka State
University in Kirov, Russia, where I have been teaching since 2012. I completed my PhD in History at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. My research focuses on the Stalinist 1930’s. My first publication, “Personal and Political: A Microhistory of the “Red Column” Collective Farm, 1935-36,” was published in January 2016 in The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies.  In addition to this monograph, my book, Stalin’s Constitution: Soviet Participatory Politics and the Discussion of the 1936 Draft Constitution, was published in  November 2017 by Routledge.  The book uses a regional focus to examine the discourse between the central state leadership and citizens about the new Soviet social contract, the 1936 Soviet Constitution. My recently published article, Moscow is Far Away: Peasant Communal Traditions in the Expulsion of Collective Farm Members in the Vyatka–Kirov Region 1932–1939, looks at how expulsion was used by collective farms to control the behavior of their members, occasionally leading to clashes with the state over what values were important


Ph.D., Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, 2014

Regional Focus: Russian and Modern European History

Thematic Focus: Text & Context

Dissertation: “Speaking Out: The Public Discussion of the 1936 Constitution and the Practice of Soviet Democracy”

Certificate in Russian Studies, Russian and Eastern European Studies Center,

University of Pittsburgh, 2014

M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2009

Thesis – “Voices from the Village: Sel’kory, Stengazety and Popular Discussion of the Draft Constitution, June – December 1936”

B.A., History, Shepherd University, Summa Cum Laude, 2006

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