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I am a historian of modern Russia and Europe whose primary research interests are terror/terrorism and revolutionary cultures. My book, The Odd Man Karakozov: Imperial Russia, Modernity, and the Birth of Terrorism (Cornell UP, 2009), is a cultural/micro-history of the first attempted assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1866. I am also the co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the History of Terrorism. The past few years my research and writing were focused on the study of temporality (especially as related to terrorism), but I am currently at work on a political/cultural-intellectual history of the 1969 Manson murders.
My other research interests include literature and the arts; historiography and historical method; political thought; and Russian, German, and European cultural-intellectual history.
Recent courses taught include: History of Terrorism, History of Law: Great Trials (with Holly Case and Paul Friedland), the Manson Murders and, at the graduate level, Modernity and Modernism: East and West, History of Time/Time of History, and Radicalism: The European Left from 1848-1917.
- HIST 1850 : Thinking about History with the Manson Murders
- HIST 2001 : Supervised Reading - Undergraduate
- HIST 3002 : Supervised Research - Undergraduate
- HIST 6378 : Key Texts in European Cultural-Intellectual History
- HIST 8004 : Supervised Reading
- The Odd Man Karakozov: Imperial Russia, Modernity, and the Birth of Terrorism. Cornell, 2009. Paperback 2011.
- Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean, eds. Jason Coy, Jared Poley, Benjamin Marschke, and Claudia Verhoeven. Berghahn Books, 2014.
- Articles & Anthology Chapters:
- “Rethinking Revolution: Radicalism at the End of the Long Nineteenth Century,” The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought, Vol. I, eds. Peter Gordon and Warren Breckman. Cambridge, 2019.
- “’Une Révolution Vraiment Scientifique’: Russian Revolutionary Terrorism, the Escape from the European Orbit, and the Invention of a New Revolutionary Paradigm,” Scripting Revolutions, eds. Keith Michael Baker and Dan Edelstein. Stanford/Surhkamp, 2015.
- “Adventures in Terrorism: Sergei Stepniak-Kravchinsky and the Literary Lives of the Russian Revolutionary Community, 1860s-1880s,” Community, Kinship, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean, eds. Jason Coy, Jared Poley, Benjamin Marschke, and Claudia Verhoeven. Berghahn Books, 2014.
- “Wormholes in Russian History: Events ‘Outside of Time’ (Featuring Malevich, Morozov, and Mayakovsky),” Breaking Up Time: Settling the Borders between the Present, the Past and the Future, ed. Christ Lorenz and Berber Bevernage. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013.
- “Oh, Times, There is No Time (But the Time that Remains): The Terrorist in Russian Literature, 1863-1913,” Terrorism and Narrative Practice, eds. Thomas Austenfeld, Dimiter Daphinoff, Jens. Munster: LIT Verlag, 2011.
- “Time of Terror, Terror of Time: On the Impatience of Russian Revolutionary Terrorism.” Special Issue of Jahrbücher für die Geschichte Osteuropas: “Terrorism in Imperial Russia: New Perspectives.” 58 (2010): 2, pp. 254-273.
- “Crime and Punishment Draws the Line,” in Blooms Literary Themes: Civil Disobedience, ed. Harold Bloom and Blake Hobby. Chelsea House, 2010.
- “Court Files,” in Reading Primary Sources. The Interpretation of Texts from 19th and 20th Century History, ed. Miriam Dobson and Benjamin Ziemann. Routledge, 2008.
- “The Making of Russian Revolutionary Terrorism,” in Enemies of Humanity: The Nineteenth-Century War on Terrorism, ed. Isaac Land. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008.
- “The ‘German Autumn’ Between Mallorca and Mogadishu,” H-German, December 4, 2007.