Professor, Dean of the Department of History, Political Science and Law at the Russian State University for the Humanities.Doktorskaya, Russian State University for the Humanities
When my administrative responsibilities and to-do list leave me a moment to catch my breath, I recall that my research interests (back when I had time for research interests) include teaching, and the study of historical consciousness and historical cognition.
I have published over 150 works, including 2 monographs and 3 textbooks. Among my favorite courses to teach are: "Historical psychology", "The History of Russia", "The History of Historical Science", and "The History of Political and Legal Concepts." Perhaps my favorite recent monograph is: "The Historiographical Culture of Russia in the Twentieth Century."
With little time for a hobby, my recreational activity recently has been exploring the topic: "What is good and what is bad?" with students and devising new means of praising the department with my superiors. If nothing else, these discussions are making me an expert negotiator.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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RUSS 6610 - Russia Between East & West
Russia Between East and West: a Choice of Priorities
Russia's historical and cultural development has been largely dominated by the «Eastern» and the «Western» vectors. Even in the Middle Ages Alexander Nevsky had to make a hard choice between the Catholic West and Mongol Hоrdes. In the 21st century the question has remained pressing for both Russian politicians and the public: what model should be chosen for Russian modernization — the Chinese (Eastern) or European (Western) one.
At the same time, it's extremely popular to think of Russia as a unique type of civilization having her own special design being neither the West nor the East.
This graduate course is to address key problems in Russian history and present an overview of the most important terms and concepts crucial for both developing better understanding of classical historical texts and literature and the current situation.Civ Cul & Soc
RUSS 6622 - Russia & US:Perestroika -Reset
Russia and the USA: from «perestroika» to «reset»
The «image» and the attitude to the USA in Russian political life and public sphere are of utmost importance. A lot of Russia's political processes can be understood only in the context of their proper understanding. Intriguingly, there are two co-existing images of the USA in Russian mass culture - «demonized» and «romanticized».
The course aimed at graduate students is focused on the analysis of Russia's and America's misperception and stereotype formation process in mass culture as well as political manipulations in this field since the Cold War years and up to the present moment.
Great emphasis is going to be placed on the recent years and the latest developments closely connected with the ideas of «reset» in Russian-American relations accompanied by a thorough analysis of contradictions which have arisen in the context of this policy's implementation.Civ Cul & Soc
RUSS 6624 - History of House of Romanov
The History of the House of Romanov
This year marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the coming to power of the Romanovs. The course will offer an in-depth analysis of the role the Romanov family from 1613 to 1917. Students will be challenged to see the world through the eyes of the Romanovs, including how they saw their historic mission; how they brought up their children to be ready for ruling; how they created a special circle around the royal family; and how they interacted with the world around them. The Romanov family’s strict rules of conduct and personal myths, legends, and superstitions will be examined. Foreign relations will also be examined in the context of the international positioning of the ruling house: political alliances, dynastic marriages, and their participation in various international projects. Russian internal attitudes toward the Romanovs and the image of the Romanovs in Russian literature, theatre, visual arts, and movies will also be examined.Civ Cul & Soc
RUSS 6636 - Civil Rights &Dissident Movmnt
The Civil Rights and Dissident Movement in Russia
This course considers civil rights and dissident movements from the Thaw period to the present. Special attention will be given to analysis of the difficulties and contraditions of the creation of a civil society in Russia.Civ Cul & Soc
RUSS 6654 - Hist Civilizations in Eurasia
The History of Civilizations in Eurasia
A consideration of Russia's place in and relationship with Central Asia and the Caucasus. The course will include an analysis of the historical development of non-Russian peoples in these areas and their encournters with the Russian empire.Civ Cul & Soc
RUSS 6665 - Russian Reform & Reformers
Analysis of the most significant reforms in Russian history helps to penetrate into the logic of modern Russian modernization. The starting point of the course is Peter the Great and his reforms, which resulted in the creation of a new type of state, new mode of life, new world outlook and relations with other countries. Peter’s reforms brought Russia to a different quality of existence and history but at the same time highlighted the limitations of such modernization.
The history of the 18th century is marked by a set of reforms undertaken by Catherine the Second. A special place in the course is reserved for analyses of the reforms aimed at the abolition of serfdom – starting with the first timid attempts to “modernize” it up to the decision for complete abolition. Given the importance of the “peasant issue” in Russia, Stolipin’s reforms, which proved to be way ahead of their time, are of great interest and importance. The Soviet epoch is to be explored through analysis of Stalin’s modernization, Khrushchev’s reforms and various attempts to make the Soviet economy more efficient in the 1960’s. The closing theme of the course is the analysis of the modern attempts to modernize Russia. Together with reforms themselves the course is focused on the most prominent Russian reformers as well as the feedback on their policy coming from the grass-roots level.
RUSS 6666 - Russia in Post-Soviet Space
The course, designed for graduate students interested in modern politics, undertakes a comprehensive study of the problems of Russia's foreign policy toward the countries that became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The last twenty years have been one of the most complex and dynamic periods for Russia and her neighbors. The issues of independence, identity, interstate relations have been characterized by acute struggle, both within national political elites and among the states. Defining priorities has not been an easy process either in Russia or in the neighboring countries. This process was complicated by the clashing interests of external powerful “actors” (such as the USA, the EU, and China) over the post-Soviet space. Some rising powers (such as Turkey, Iran, and others) have recently become more active and claimed a special role in this Eurasian geopolitical region. This period is full of contradictions and conflicts and gives plenty of insight into historical, geopolitical, political, and cultural aspects of the region, and allows us to test major modern political theories and their applicability to the analysis of many interesting problems.Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2014 Language Schools
RUSS 6673 - Russian-Ukrainian Relations
History of Russian-Ukrainian Relations
In spite of the fact that Russian-Ukrainian relations have lately become one of the key issues in contemporary international politics, this course will be devoted to the history of relations between Russia and Ukraine. This topic has a lot to offer and there are many aspects that still remain unclear and provoke a lot of discussions not only in society, but also among professional historians.
The early Middle Ages were characterized by joint development of Kiev and Novgorod lands, united by power, self-identification and common outlook. The following period was marked by the development of Ukrainian groups under the strong influence of Russia, Poland, and Austria, which shaped cultural peculiarities and social preferences of Ukrainians. The 17th century was a new stage in Eastern Ukrainian development as an integral part of the Moscow State and then the Russian Empire, while southwestern Ukrainian lands kept developing under the influence of other countries.
The 20th century turned out to be the most dramatic for both peoples. Two world wars, civil war, challenges of modernization — all these contributed to a growing number of contradictions when addressing problems of identity.
The course, aimed at graduate students, deals with the ethnic and cultural aspects of Russian and Ukrainian development as well as the formation of their social and political priorities and symbols. Understanding these phenomena will allow a better analysis and comprehension of the contemporary tension between Russia and Ukraine, which does not always reflect the mutual attitudes and values of both peoples.Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2014 Language Schools
RUSS 6680 - Russia & CIS Countries '91-'10
Russia and the CIS Countries, 1991-2010
The Commonwealth of Independent States, a group of newly independent states brought into being by the collapse of the Soviet Union, has an extremely significant influence not only on domestic but also on foreign policy of Russia. At the same time, Russia is their major neighbor holding the key to their own development and success. Today CIS countries are getting deeper and deeper plunged into the competition among major global actors: Russia, the USA, the EU, Turkey and China are all seeking for their own ways to secure influence in these states. This competition for influence is a drastic change of the framework of the whole system of world politics as well as the concept of global and regional leadership. The system is characterized by rising tension and contradictions among the major blocks and alliances. The course looks at not only various political and economic issues, but also major cultural aspects and patterns of communication.
RUSS 6693 - 21C Russia & Int'l Orgs
Russia & International Organizations in the 21st Century
The course focuses on the analysis of one of Russia’s most complex foreign policy issues – Russia's search for its place in the system of contemporary international relations. Russia’s loss of “Great Power” status after the collapse of the Soviet Union brought about a serious crisis in Russia's foreign affairs practices, and international relations in the 21st century are shaped by a different set of challenges. Reactions to outside organizations are colored by nostalgia about the past and a struggle within Russia's political elite about the country’s place in world politics. This course will include a thorough exploration of major documents, analytical papers, and various expert opinions, as well as an in-depth study of public opinion and political rhetoric.Civ Cul & Soc
RUSS 6903 - Research Paper
This research paper is a requirement for DML candidates during their summer of application.