Modern Europe

Faculty members in European and Russian History are engaged in research and writing on a wide variety of national topics as well as on transnational and colonial history. They specialize in cultural, educational, gender and women’s, legal, media, political, and social history and they are active in the department’s thematic fields of concentration: Culture, Ideas, and Society, the Making and Unmaking of Empires, Religions and History, and Women’s and Gender History, as well as in UK’s interdisciplinary Committee on Social Theory.

The field of Modern European and Russian History is defined geographically to include both Eastern and Western Europe and chronologically to include historical developments from the eighteenth century to the end of the twentieth century.  Students who elect Modern European and Russian History as an outside examination field are trained broadly so that they will be able to teach European survey courses.  Within this breadth, they often highlight particular themes related to their areas of research interest such as military history or agricultural history, for example. 

Those who elect European History as their area of primary research are usually examined in two European fields, a major field that is chronologically defined, and a second field that has chronological and topical breadth. Often the second field is defined comparatively and co-directed by at least two members of the European faculty.  Students in European History are also examined in an “outside” field that differs from the others chronologically, geographically, or by discipline. 


James Albisetti
Ph.D., Yale, 1976
Research Interests: 19th century German and Western European history; history of education and the professions; social history of the middle classes; women's history

Phil Harling
Ph.D., Princeton, 1992
Research Interests: Modern British history; political culture; citizenship

Karen Petrone
Ph.D., Michigan, 1994
Research Interests: cultural history, gender history, propaganda, representations of war, and the history of subjectivity and everyday life, especially in Russia and the Soviet Union.

Jeremy Popkin
Ph.D., California / Berkeley, 1977
A.M., Harvard, 1971
Research Interests: History of the French and Haitian revolutions and the topic of autobiographical literature.


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