- PhD Candidate
- Director of Technology Services
My dissertation project is an urban history of the Russian city of Kazan, centered on the first half of the nineteenth century. It explores how the diversity of the empire, new practices of local self-government, and the emergence of a cadre of educated professionals came together to change the way in which residents lived, the way they thought about the city, and the way they connected it to the empire.
My broader interests span Russia, Central Asia and the Muslim world in the 18th and 19th centuries, with particular emphasis on economic life and networks of commercial and intellectual exchange; cultural, ethnic and confessional borderlands and the interactions occurring there; and the mechanics, ideologies and practices of empire.