Ph.D., History, Brown University
M.A., European History, University of California, Davis
B.A., English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Harvard University: Lecturer in History and Literature
Harvard University: Freshman Seminars Program
Lesley College: Adjunct Professor
Dr. Ely’s research has always concerned the relationship between place and culture in 19th century Russia. His first book showed how Russians re-imagined their unique landscape as a source of national pride, a book of essays he edited explored the relationship between place and power in Russian history, and his most recent book, Underground Petersburg, rethinks the rise of radical populism and its turn to terrorism as a phenomenon grounded in the conditions of the modern city.
As focused as his research has been, Dr. Ely loves that teaching at the Honors College lets him run rampant through all the fields of history. He is constantly learning and teaching new things about ancient Rome, modern China, pre-Columbian America, even prehistory. With his students he is less the exacting expert and more the excited tour guide wandering with them through the fascinating realms of global events, ideas, conflicts, tragedies and (occasional) triumphs.
Contact: 561-799-8607; SR 202