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Christopher Ely
Ph.D., Brown University
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
Modern Russia
European Culture and Intellectual History
Space, Place, and Landscape

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Dr. Ely specializes in the history of imperial Russia during the nineteenth century. His book, THIS MEAGER NATURE: LANDSCAPE AND NATIONALITY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY RUSSIA, was published in 2002 by Northern Illinois University Press. It explores the historical construction of the image and idea of Russia's natural environment.

His current research focuses on the rise of a sphere of public activity and public opinion in late-imperial Russia, particularly on the tumultuous five-year period between the outbreak of the Russo-Turkish war and the assassination of Tsar Alexander II.

Dr. Ely has received several awards for his research including Fulbright-Hays, IREX and social Science Research Council grants. His teaching interests include European intellectual and Cultural History, the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, and the creation and imagination of space and place in history.

Undergraduate Courses
  • History of Civilization I
  • History of Civilization II
  • European Intellectual History I
  • European Intellectual History II
  • Sense of Place Across Time
  • Russian History I
  • Russian History II
  • Revolution in Europe
  • History and Literature of Imperialism

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