I joined the University of Dundee in 1995 as a lecturer, having studied at the Universities of Aberdeen (1987-92) and Cambridge (1992-95).
I am a historian of modern Russia, and my current research deals with crime, policing, and criminal justice during the Russian Civil War. This project examines what happened to crime and policing during the rapid social and economic breakdown of the civil war years, and how the criminal justice system was affected by the ideological radicalism of the period. The focus of the research is the investigation of 'non-political' crime, principally against property and the individual, and it is based on materials from the archive of the early Soviet criminal investigation militia.
I am also involved in two collaborative projects:
1. Crime and Policing in Scotland: Past and Present. This is a research network funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh which I lead along with Professor Nick Fyfe and Dr Anja Johansen. At its core is a collaboration between historians and the Dundee-based Scottish Institute for Policing Research. The main objective of the project is to provide a forum for historians and academics from other disciplines to engage with policing and criminal justice practitioners in Scotland, with a view to sharing and enhancing mutual knowledge.
2. Russian Culture during the Great War and Revolution, 1914-22. This project is part of an international collaboration to produce a series of books that reassess the history of Russia during the 1914-22 period. In addition to co-editing the cultural history books in the series, my chapter contribution builds on my earlier research into the role and status of theatre in imperial Russian society.
My teaching is focused mainly on Russian history, and my modules include: Imperial Russia, 1700-1917; Russian Culture and Society 1861-1917; and the Russian Revolution and Civil War 1917-21. I also teach European history, coordinate our new Level 2 module, The Great War and History, and contribute to other modules, including Making History and Film and History.
If you are interested in carrying out research in Russian history, please feel free to contact me with your ideas. Broad areas which I'd be interested in supervising case studies at the moment include:
- Crime, policing and criminal justice in late imperial and revolutionary Russia.
- Russian cultural history, especially the relationship between the arts and politics.
- Late imperial Russia, the Russian Revolution and the Civil War.
AHRC funded studentships are available in my research area - more details
- Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-22. Book 1: Popular Culture, the Arts, and Institutions, co-editor with Boris Kolonitskii, Steven G. Marks, and Melissa K. Stockdale (2014)
- Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-22. Book 2: Political Culture, Identities, Mentalities, and Memory, co-editor with Boris Kolonitskii, Steven G. Marks, and Melissa K. Stockdale (2014)
- School for Citizens: Theatre and Civil Society in Imperial Russia (2006).
- Scotland and the Slavs: Cultures in Contact, 1500-2000, co-editor with Mark Cornwall, (2001).
- The St Petersburg Imperial Theatres: Stage and State in Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1920, (2000).
- Russia and the Wider World in Historical Perspective, co-editor with Cathryn Brennan (2000).
- The Russian Revolution 1905-21: A Bibliographical Guide to Work in English, (1995).
- ‘Russian Theater and the Crisis of War and Revolution, 1914-22’, in Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-22. Book 1: Popular Culture, the Arts, and Institutions, edited by Murray Frame, Boris Kolonitskii, Steven G. Marks, and Melissa K. Stockdale (Slavica: Bloomington, Indiana, 2014), pp. 261-82.
- 'State Expansion and the Criminal Investigation Militia during the Russian Civil War', History, Vol. 98, Issue 331 (2013).
- 'Crime, Society and "Revolutionary Conscience" during the Russian Civil War: Evidence from the Militia Files', Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2013).
- 'Cultural Mobilization: Russian Theatre and the First World War, 1914-1917', Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 90, No. 2 (2012).
- 'The Early Reception of Operetta in Russia, 1860s-1870s', European History Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 1 (2012).
- 'Entertainment and Enlightenment in Late Imperial Russian Theatre' in Rosamund Bartlett and Sarah Dadswell (eds), Victory Over the Sun: The World's First Futurist Opera (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2012), pp. 126-35.
- 'Commercial Theatre and Professionalization in Late Imperial Russia', Historical Journal, Vol. 48, No. 4 (2005).
- 'Freedom of the Theatres: the Abolition of the Russian Imperial Theatre Monopoly', Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 83, No. 2 (2005).
- 'Culture, Patronage, and Civil Society: Theatrical Impresarios in Late Imperial Russia', in Late Imperial Russia: Problems and Prospects, edited by Ian Thatcher (2005).
- 'Dundee and the "Grand Purveyor": An Aspect of Scottish-Russian Relations', in Scotland and the Slavs: Cultures in Contact, 1500-2000, edited by Mark Cornwall and Murray Frame (2001).
- 'Theatre and Revolution in 1917: the Case of the Petrograd State Theatres', Revolutionary Russia, (1999).
- 'Tsarist Court and Russian Culture: The Administration of the St Petersburg Imperial Theatres, 1900-1917', Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, (1997).