Susan Smith-Peter works on Russian history beyond the two capitals of Moscow and St. Petersburg.  Beginning with a study of identity in the provinces of European (or central) Russia, she has branched out to investigate the regional identity of the Russian North and Siberia as well.  Her book, Imagining Russian Regions: Subnational Identity and Civil Society in Nineteenth-Century Russia, was published with Brill in 2018.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A., Ohio University

Other Publications

Imagining Russian Regions: Civil Society and Subnational Identity in Nineteenth-Century Russia. Leiden: Brill, 2018. 328 pp.

“Communism and Regionalism,” in Regionalism and Modern Europe: Identity Construction and Movements from 1890 to the Present Day, Xose M. Nunez Seixas and Eric Storm, eds. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 135-149.

“The Six Waves of Russian Regionalism in European Context,” in Russia’s Regional Identities: The Power of the Provinces, Edith W. Clowes, Gisela Erbsloh and Ani Kokobobo.  London: Routledge, 2018, 15-43.

Co-authored with Vyacheslav Shevtsov. “Russian Society at a Provincial Scale: Ideas of Society in Provincial Newspapers,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies 50 (2016): 439-464.

“Sweet Development: The Sugar Beet Industry, Agricultural Societies and Agrarian Transformations in the Russian Empire, 1818-1913.” Cahiers du Monde Russe 57, vol. 1 (January-March 2016): 101-123.

“Making Empty Provinces: Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment Regionalism in Russian Provincial Journals.” REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia 4, 1 (Winter 2015): 7-29.

“’A Class of People Admitted to the Better Ranks’: The First Generation of Creoles in Russian America, 1810s-1820s.” Ethnohistory 60, 3 (Summer 2013): 363-384.

“Russian America in Russian and American Historiography.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 14, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 95-102.

“Bringing the Provinces into Focus: Subnational Spaces in the Recent Historiography of Russia.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 12, no. 4 (Fall 2011): 835-848.

“Creating a Creole Estate in early Nineteenth-Century Russian America.” Cahiers du Monde Russe 51, no. 2-3 (April-September 2010): 441-459.

The Russian Provincial Newspaper and Its Public, 1788-1864. The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, no. 1908.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008.  60 pp.

“Educating Peasant Girls for Motherhood: Religion and Primary Education in Mid-Nineteenth Century Russia.” The Russian Review 66, no. 3 (July 2007): 391-405.

“Defining the Russian People: Konstantin Arsen’ev and Russian Statistics before 1861.” History of Science 45, no. 1 (March 2007): 47-64.

“Russkaia statistika pervoi poloviny XIX v. v obshcheevropeiskom kontekste” [Russian statistics of the first half of the nineteenth century in the European context]. Voprosy istorii estestvoznanii i tekniki. no. 4 (Fall 2005): 125-136.

“Provincial Public Libraries and the Law in Nicholas I’s Russia.” Library History 21 (July 2005): 103-119.

“Books Behind the Altar: Religion, Village Libraries, and the Moscow Agricultural Society.” Russian History/ Histoire Russe 31, no. 3 (Fall 2004): 213-233 (lead article).

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