Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
I am a historian of earth and environmental science specializing in the culture of science in modern and early modern Russia. My research is on knowledge creation and imperial governance in the Russian mining industry from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. In the book manuscript I am preparing for publication, Tsardom of Rock: Science, Society, and Enlightenment in Russia’s Mining Empire, I examine how leaders of the mining industry developed new methods of knowing and ruling Russia’s natural environment and imperial subjects, in the process forging the modern Russian Empire. I also work on the interplay of geological thought and Russian Orthodoxy and on the intellectual aftershocks of the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. My primary research and teaching relationship is with the Program of History of Science and Technology.