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B.A., Stanford University, History.
M.A., University of Chicago, History.
Ph.D., University of Chicago, History.
Dissertation: “Early Modern Russian Bureaucracy: the Evolution of the Chancellery System from Ivan III to Peter the Great, 1478-1717.” 702 pp.
Russian, Polish (fluent).
Old Church Slavonic, Middle Russian, Belorussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, German, Spanish (reading ability).
Modern Arabic, Classical Hebrew, and Latin (introductory study).
Finnish (currently studying).
Early Modern Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish Social, Administrative, Political, and Military History.
Northern Rus', Russia, 800-1500.
Comparative Medieval and Early Modern European History.
Language, Culture, Ethnic Studies.
Soviet and Eastern European economic history.
Full/Associate/ Assistant Professor: Rhode Island College, Providence. 1988
Russia, Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Comparative Medieval
and Early Modern Histories, Western Civilization.
Wesleyan University, Connecticut.
Loyola University of Chicago.
George Williams College, Illinois.
University of California, Santa Cruz.
Russia Soviet, Imperial, and Pre Petrine.
Central and Eastern Europe.
Europe Medieval and Modern, Diplomacy, Social and Economic History.
Modern China. Islamic and Western Civilization.
World History. U.S. History.
Historiography, Methodology, and Source Criticism.
BackgroundPete Brown is a specialist in Russian and Eastern European history and has wide-ranging interests in many other histories and in methodologies. So much of this was spawned by growing up in California and refined by graduate study at the University of Chicago. These interests are reflected in a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate courses that he teaches at Rhode Island College.
These include four (4) courses on Russian history: History 261 (CORE IV), Russian Identity: Between East and West; History 311, The Origins of Russia to 1700; History 312, Russia from Peter to Lenin; and History; History 313, The Soviet Union and After. He also teaches History 161 (CORE II), Western Civilization; and History 200 (The Nature of Historical Inquiry). His 200- and 300-level courses encompass the cultures, histories, and other developments of the peoples inhabiting the land area of the former Soviet Union, from approximately 4,500 B.C.E. to the start of the third millennium A.D.
His undergraduate and graduate seminars include History 361, Seminar in History; History 521, Topics in Comparative History; History 561, Graduate Seminar in History; and History 562, Graduate Reading Seminar. The manifold seminar topics have included comparative Eastern and Western European Medieval and Early Modern social histories; comparative serf and slave systems in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Americas; methodologies and the historiography of comparative historical investigation; themes in Soviet and post-Soviet history from 1917 to 2000; gender and sexual identities in Russia from 1861 to the present; popular culture in the early Soviet period; the economic history of the U.S.S.R.; the World War II experience in Soviet life; comparative Eurasian totalitarian regimes; Joseph Stalin; Nikita Khrushchev; the “new” Russia since 1991; culture and gender in post-1991 Russia; the Balkans from 1945 to the present; and the history of political theory in History 371, Reading Course in History.
Keeping up with scholarship in English- and foreign-language journals and books and traveling to Eastern Europe and the territories of the former Soviet Union is a challenging but rewarding activity. When time permits, Pete watches contemporary Russian- and Polish-language movies, reads magazines and newspapers in these languages (and occasionally Bulgarian), and listens to Russian-, Ukrainian-, and Polish-language popular music. He walks frenetically for exercise, occasionally fishes for salt-water bonito (small tuna-like fish), hikes out West (too humid for that back here), listens to a wide variety of classical and non-classical music, and tries keeping up to date his collection (late-19th to early-21st century) of Russian and Central and Eastern European paper money. Regrettably, he gave up cigar-smoking in 2002, a pleasure enjoyed since he was 17.
Courses TaughtHIST 161 Western History
HIST 261 Russian ID:Between East&West
HIST 311 The Origins of Russia to 1700
HIST 312 Russia From Peter to Lenin
HIST 313 The Soviet Union and After
HIST 390 Directed Study
HIST 391 Directed Study
HIST 551 Topics:
HIST 561 Graduate Seminar in History
HIST 562 Graduate Reading Seminar
HIST 571 Grad Reading Course in History
- Festschrift in Honor of Richard Hellie, University of Chicago. 2 parts. Edited by Lawrence Langer and Peter B. Brown. Idyllwild, Calif.: Charles Schlacks, Jr. Published as special editions in Russian History, 34, nos. 1-4 (Spring/Summer 2007): iii-x + 1-402, 35, nos. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2008): iii-vi + 1-258. Thirty-six essays.
- Festschrift for Aleksandr' Aleksandrovich Zimin (1920-1980). Edited by Peter B. Brown. Idyllwild, Calif.:
Charles Schlacks, Jr., November 1999. Published as a special issue in Russian History 25, nos. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 1998): i-iv+1-230 pp.
- Studies and Essays on the Soviet and Eastern European Economies by Arcadius Kahan. Edited by Peter B. Brown. 2 vols. Newtonville, Mass.: Oriental Research Partners. Vol. 1 (published works), 1991. Vol. 2 (unpublished works), 1994.
Book Chapter in Progress
- “Command and Control in the Seventeenth-Century Russian Army.” To be published in Warfare in Eastern Europe, 1500-1800. Brill. MS 40 pp., current length.
Books in Progress
- Festschrift in Honor of Richard Hellie, University of Chicago. 3d part. Edited by Lawrence Langer and Peter B. Brown. Idyllwild, Calif.: Charles Schlacks, Jr. To be published as a special edition in a forthcoming 2008 volume of Russian History.Thirty-three essays.
- “Russia’s ‘Thirty Years’ War’: the Thirteen Years’ War, 1654-1667 ( Social Context, Politics, and Organizational Culture in Seventeenth-Century Eastern European Military Conflict).” MS 500 pp.
- "The Muscovite Chancellery System: the Structure, Expansion, Politics, and Mentalite of Russian Central Administration from the Time of Troubles to the Death of Peter the Great, 1613-1725.” One or two volumes.MS est. 1400-1600 pp.
- “Suppositional European Unity: a Linguists’ Point of View.” The Eurasian Studies Yearbook 79 (2007): 111-18.
- “Salaries and Economic Survival: the Service Land Chancellery Clerks of Seventeenth-Century Russia.” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 51 (2003): 32-67.
- "Guarding the Gate-Keepers: Punishing Errant Rank-and-File Officials in Seventeenth-Century Russia," Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 50 (2002): 224-45.
- “The Military Chancellery: Aspects of Control During the Thirteen Years’ War,” Russian History 29, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 19-45.
- Military Planning and High-Level Decision-Making in Seventeenth-Century Russia: the Roles of the Military Chancellery (Razriad) and the Boyar Duma," Forschungen zur osteuropaischen Geschichte 58 (2002): 33-43.
- "Neither Fish Nor Fowl: Administrative Legality in Mid- and Late-Seventeenth-Century /Russia, "Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 50 (2002): 1-21.
- “With All Deliberate Speed: the Officialdom and Departments of the Seventeenth Century Muscovite Military Chancellery (Razriad), Russian History 28, nos. 1-4 (Spring-Summer-Fall-Winter 2001): 137- 52.
- "Military Planning and High-Level Decision-Making in Seventeenth-Century Russia: the Roles of the Military Chancellery (Razriad) and the Boyar Duma," in Russische und Ukrainische Geschichte vom 16.-18. Jahrhundert, eds. Robert O. Crummey, Holm Sundhaussen, Ricarda Vulpius (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2002), 79-89.
- "How Should We Model Uralic and Slavic Contacts in the Lands of Medieval and Early Modern Rus', 800-1700 A.D.?: a Comparison to Celtic, Germanic, and Roman-Latin Contact's." In Congressus Nonus Internationalis Fenno-Ugristarum 7.-13.8.2000 (Ninth International Finno-Ugric Congress) (Tartu, Estonia: University of Tartu, Estonian Finno-Ugrian Committee, 2001), 267-77.
- "Peering into a Muscovite Turf-War (How Do We Even Know It's There?): Boyar Miloslavskii and the Auditing Chancellery." Russian History 25, nos. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 1998): 141-53.
- "Foreword." Russian History 25, nos. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 1998): 1-3.
- "The Holdings of the Astrakhan' Regional State Archive." Cahiers du Monde Russe, 35, pt. 4 (October-December 1994): 727-38.
- "The Moscow Civil Elite's Salaries," Sosloviia i gosudarstvennaia vlast' v Rossii. XV-seredina xix vv. Mezhdunarodnaia konferentsiia--Chteniia pamiati akad. L.V. Cherepnina. Tezisy dokladov. [Estates and State Power in Russia, 15th--mid-19th Centuries] Moskva, 13-16 iiunia 1994 g. 2 parts. Edited by N.V. Karlov, 2: 263-73. Moscow: Gosudarstvennyi komitet RF po vysshemu obrazovaniiu, et al, 1994.
- "The Problematics of Armory Modernization in Late Imperial Russia," Russian History 21, no. 1 (1994): 65-81.
- "The Wit and Humor of Joseph Stalin," Faculty of Arts and Sciences Newsletter, Rhode Island College, August 1992, 4-6.
- "Moscow Update," FAS RIC, April 1991, 15-16.
- "The War After the War," Soviet Studies in History, Summer 1991, 44-52. Translation from the Russian of V. Chubarov article in "Moskovskii komsomolets," 22 June 1990.
- “Anthropological Perspective and Early Muscovite Court Politics," Russian History 16 (1989), no. 1: 55 66.
- “The Formation of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth in Contemporary American Scholarship," The Polish Review 30 (1985), no. 4: 437 43
- "Muscovite Government Bureaus," Russian History 10 (1983), pt. 3: 269 330.
- "The Zemskii Sobor in Recent Soviet Historiography," Russian History 10 (1983), pt. 1: 77 90.
- "Muscovy, Poland, and the Seventeenth Century Crisis," The Polish Review 27 (1982), no. 3: 55 69.
- "Soviet Studies on Platonism," International Philosophical Quarterly, September 1977, 293 305.
- “Dyak [state secretary],” “Podyachii [clerk],” and “Chancellery System” in Encyclopedia of Russian History. New York: Macmillan, 2004.
Articles in Progress
- “How Muscovy Governed. Seventeenth-Century Russian Central Administration.” Russian History. 109 MS pp. (under publication consideration)
- “Other Perspectives on Cultural Impacts of Migrational and Economic History: Icescapes and Waterscapes, Finns, Slavs, and Fish Names in Northern Russia from 18,000 B.C.E. to 1700 A.D.”
1700 A.D.” 61 MS pp. To be submitted for publication this Summer, perhaps to The Journal of Indo-European Studies.
- “Global History Perspective on the Persistence of Unfree Labor in the Russian State from the 1640s Until the 1850s.” 65 MS pp
- Carol Belkin Stevens. Soldiers on the Steppe. Army Reform and Social Change in Early Modern Russia. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1995. Published in Canadian-American Slavic Studies, 1998.
- A.I Pliguzov and I.A. Tikhoniuk, comps. Smuta v moskovskom gosudarstve. Rossiia nachala xvii stoletiia v zapiskakh sovremennikov (The Time of Troubles in the Muscovite State. Russia at the Beginning of the Seventeenth Century in the Accounts of Contemporaries.) Moscow: Sovremennik, 1989.
Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 40, no. 3 (1992): 412-13.
- N.F. Demidova, Sluzhilaia biurokratiia v Rossii xvii v. i ee rol' v formirovanii absoliutizma. (The Service Bureaucracy in Russia of the Seventeenth Century and Its Role in the Formation of Absolutism.) Moscow: Nauka, 1987. Slavic Review 49, no. 2 (Summer 1990): 285.
- S.O. Shmidt, S.E. Kniaz'kov, Dokumenty deloproizvodstva pravitel'stvennykh uchrezhdenii Rossii xvi xvii vv. Uchebnoe posobie. (Documents on the Clerical Procedure of Government Organs in Russia During the 16th and 17th Centuries. A Handbook.) Moscow: MGIAI, 1985. The Russian Review 47
(1987), no. 3: 328 29.
- V.M. Paneiakh, Kholopstvo v pervoi polovine xvii v. (Slavery in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century.) Leningrad: Nauka, 1984. Slavic Review 45 (1986), no. 1: 112 13.
- André Corvisier, Armies and Societies in Europe, 1494 1789. Translated by Abigail T. Siddal. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979. Armed Forces & Society, Fall 1985, pp. 147 50.
- Linda Gordon, Cossack Rebellions. Social Turmoil in the Sixteenth Century Ukraine. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1983. East Central Europe, 1985, pp. 84-85.
- R.G. Skrynnikov, Boris Godunov. Edited and translated by Hugh F. Graham. Gulf Breeze, Florida: Academic International Press, 1982. Slavic Review 42 (1983), no. 3: 477.
- Karol Górski, Zakon krzyżacki a powstanie państwa pruskiego. (The Teutonic Order and the Origins of the Prussian State.) Wroclaw: Ossolineum, 1977. East Central Europe 8 (1981), nos. 1 2: 153 54.
- F.P. Sergeev, Formirovanie russkogo diplomaticheskogo iazyka. (The Formation of Russian Diplomatic Language.) L'vov: Vishcha shkola, 1978. The Russian Review, October 1981, pp. 445 46.
Unpublished ManuscriptsDICTIONARY AND DOCUMENTS
- "Dictionary of Muscovite Administrative Terminology." MS 83 pp. 1988.
- "The Muscovite Chancellery System." MS 87 pp. Documents translated from Old Russian. Course Civilization Materials Project. University of Chicago, 1981.
- “Why NATO Should Not Expand to the East: the Case of Poland.” 1998. MS 18 pp.
for : The Atlantic Monthly, The Russian Review. DC Heath and Company.
- “Command and Control in the Russian Army from 1650 to Peter,” for the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Philadelphia, November 2008.
- “The Uralic Peoples of Northern Russia and the California Indians: an Inmigrational-Imput Comparison,” The Sixteenth Conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 2008.
- “North Russia, Finns, Slavs, and Fish Names: Cultural and Ichthyological Exertions from 20,000 B.C.E. to 1700,” Early Slavists Seminar, Harvard University, May 2008.
- “Social Aspects of the Thirteen Years’ War, 1654-1667,” Twelfth Annual Winter Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Slavic Studies,” at the UCLA Center in Medieval and Early Modern Slavic Studies, UCLA, February 2008.
- “Serfs and Lords: their Symbiosis with Population Growth, Army Size, Warfare, and Elite Consumption from the 1620s to the 1850s,” for the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, New Orleans, November 2007.
- “The Strategic Dilemmas of Seventeenth-Century Eastern European Warfare” for the Early Slavicists’ Seminar, The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, May 2007.
- “Biting Off More Than They Could Chew: Russian Armies in Belarus, 1654-55.” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, D.C., November 2006.
- “The Inter-Penetration of Russian and Finno-Ugric Economic Vocabulary in Northern and Central Russia by the 1600s.” The Fifteenth Conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada, York University, Toronto, Canada, May 2006.
- “The State Is Back! Common Ukrainian and Muscovite Patterns in the Formation of Central Administrative States, 15th–17th Centuries.” Seminar in Ukrainian Studies, Harvard University, April 2006.
- “Stimulating the 17th-Century Russian Neo-Cortex and Generating the Pathways for Learning: Counting, Calculation, Numerical Aggregates, and Habituation.” 35d National Convention, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston, November 2004.
- “Seeing Through an Opaque Glass Dimly: Reconstructing Individuals’ Daily Lives in Seventeenth-Century Russia.” Early Slavists’ Seminar, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, December 2003.
- “Was Serfdom Worth It? The Disjuncture of Cost-Effectiveness and Reality from the 1640s to the 1760s.”International Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Toronto. November 2003.
- "The Devil Is In the Details: Documents-Mania as Engine in Later Muscovite Social Development and Mentalite.” Early Slavists’ Seminar, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, October 2002.
- “Uralic-Slavic Contacts and Strategems of Dominance in Northern Rus’ 800-1700 A.D., in the Light of Comparative Medieval History.” The Thirteenth Conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, April 2002.
- “The Paralysis of Goliath and David: Operational Blunders and Mentalite of Russian and Polish Commanders During the First Two Years of the Thirteen Years War, 1654-55,” 33d National Convention, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Crystal City, Virginia. November 2001.
- "Bureaucratic Administration in Seventeenth-Century Muscovy." Modernization and Seventeenth-Century Russia. Davis Center for Russian Studies. March 2001.
- "Slavic and Uralic Contacts in the Lands of Medieval and Early Modern Rus', 800-1700 A.D. A Comparison to Celtic, Germanic, and Roman-Latin Contacts." The Russian Studies Workshop, the University of Chicago. February 2001.
- "Patterns of Russian Elite Behavior: Constructing Macro-Inferences from Micro-Investigations." American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Denver. November 2000.
- "Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich as a Model Military Autocrat." The Military and Society in Russia, 1450-1917: a Conference. Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University. 9 September 2000.
- "How Should We Model Uralic and Slavic Contacts in the Lands of Medieval Rus'? Congressus Nonus Internationalis Fenno-Ugristarum, Tartu, Estonia. 12 August 2000.
- "New Thoughts on the Bohdan Khmel'nytskyj-Aleksei Mikhailovich Relationship in the 1650s." Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. 6 March 2000.
- "Guarding the Gate-Keepers: Punishing Errant Officials in Seventeenth-Century Russia." Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University. 4 February 2000.
- "Violence, Coping-Mechanisms, and Personality in the Earlier Life of Peter the Great." The Russian Studies Workshop, The University of Chicago. 25 January 2000.
- "Northern Rus' Encounters Between Eastern Slavs and Finno-Ugric Peoples Before 1500: Comparative Issues of Assimilation and State-Building: Postanovka voprosa ('A Posing of the Question')." American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, St. Louis. November 1999.
- "Perversion, Mindset, and Reform in the Reigns of Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Stalin: a New Theory of the Russian Ruling Class." Faculty Colloquium, Rhode Island College. March 1999.]
- “Learning from our Instructors: Peter the Great and Psychohistory.” RIC Department of History Colloquium, March 1999.
- "Merovingian Models: Why So Much Political Violence in Kievan Rus', 862-1205?" American Historical Association, Washington, D.C. January 1999.
- “Was the Soviet Union an Imperialist Power?” RIC Spring 1998 series on Imperialism, April 8.
- "Seize the Time! How Do We Peer Into a Muscovite Turf-War? (and How Do We Even Know It's There?). New England Slavic Conference. Wellesley University. April 1997.
- "Allen Drury Redux! Advise and Consent: Careers, Confidants, Counsel, and Crises in Seventeenth-Century Russia." Historians' Seminar. Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University. November 1997.
- "Adversity, Rewards, and Mental States: What Kept the Trail-Broken Elite in Line? The Non-Duma Ranks of the Moscow Service Group, 1650s-1680s." American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston. November 1996. Panel organizer.
- "Neither Fish Nor Fowl: Administrative Legality in Mid-Seventeenth Century Russia." Historians' Seminar. Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University. October 1996.
- "Future Prospects for Early Russian Studies in U.S. Colleges and Universities." New England Slavic Association. College of the Holy Cross, Worchester, Mass. April 1996.
- "Social Mobility and the Moscow Service Class." American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, D.C. October 1995. Panel organizer.
- "The Frontier, the Elite, the Army, and the Bureaucracy in the Second Half of Seventeenth-Century Russia." Historians' Seminar. Russian Research Center, Harvard University. April 1995.
- "The Moscow Civil Elite's Salaries." AHA Convention, San Francisco. January 1994. Panel organizer. Presented also (in Russian) at the conference, Estates and State Power in Russia, 15th--mid-19th Centuries (Sosloviia i gosudarstvennaia vlast' v Rossii. XV--seredina XIX vv.), Moscow. 14 June 1994.
- "The Sources of Elite Stability in Seventeenth-Century Russia." Faculty Colloquium, Rhode Island College. November 1993.
- "Tula, Izhevsk, and Sestroretsk Armories, 1860s-1930s: Continuity and Change in Russian and Soviet Technical Innovation, Industrial Development, and Governmental Patronage." New England
Historical Association Conference, Rhode Island College. October 1992.
- "The Pre-1700 Origins of Peter the Great's Provincial Administrative (Guberniia) Reform: The Significance of the Frontier." Conference on the Russian Frontier Before 1800. University of Chicago. May 1992.
- Chair and Commentator for panel--"Social and Political Issues of the 16th Century." The Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Philadelphia. October 1991.
- "Muscovite Grand Princely Texts, 1380s-1550s, and the Origins of Early Modern Russian Officialese." 26th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. May 1991. Panel organizer.
- "The Impact of the Gulf Crisis Upon Policy Change in the USSR." Rhode Island College. April 1991.
- "A Seventeenth-Century Account by a Muscovite Functionary on the Performance of the Russian Bureaucracy." Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. October 1990.
- Chair and Commentator for panel--"The Origins of Early Modern European Absolutism, I." The Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. October 1990.
- "What Did Muscovite Civil Servants Think of Their Bureaucracy?" American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, D.C. October 1990. Panel organizer.
- "The Government Workers of Moscow: Salaries and Economic Survival." AHA Convention, San Francisco. December 1989. Panel organizer.
- "Are We Back to 1914 and 1939? Taking a Look at Ethnic Tension in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe." Rhode Island College. October 1989.
- "What Do We Know About Early Russian Government?" Faculty Colloquium, Rhode Island College. May 1989.
- "New Angles on the Politics of Ukrainian Muscovite Unification in the Seventeenth Century." Harvard University. April 1988.
- "Master and Minion in the 'Little Russian` Chancellery (Bureau) Before 1700." Harvard University. March 1987.
- Round Table Discussion on Early Russian History. American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Convention (AAASS), New Orleans. November 1986.
- "How to Understand Russian Military History." University of Connecticut, Storrs. November 1986.
- "Method in the Mindset: What Seventeenth Century Records Reveal About Russian Perceptions of Muscovite Non Russians." Harvard University. February 1986.
- "Rzeczpospolita et eius magistratus: Measuring the Effectiveness of Seventeenth-Century Polish Government." III World Congress for Soviet and East European Studies, Washington, D.C. Panel organizer.
- "Muscovite Generals and Military Amateurism: Unravelling the Tactical Blunders and Human Costs of Seventeenth Century Russian Warfare." AHA Convention, Chicago. December 1984. Panel organizer.
- Chair and Commentator for panel "Documents from the Petrine Era and Foreigners' Images of Russia." Midwest Slavic Conference, Chicago. May 1983.
- "An Insider's Look at the Polish Government and Economy, 1977 1981." Grinnell College. March 1983.
- "Muscovite Administration and the Peoples of the North." AAASS Convention, Washington, D.C. October 1982. Panel organizer.
- Commentator for panel "Fiscal Policies, Institutions, and Revenues in Pre Petrine Russia." Midwest Slavic Conference, Chicago. May 1982.
- "The Auditing Chancellery and the Struggle Against Seventeenth Century Bureaucratic Graft." Midwest Slavic Conference, Chicago. May 1982.
- "Muscovite Concepts of Bureaucracy." AHA Convention. Los Angeles. December 1981. Panel organizer.
- "The Muscovite Military District System." Midwest Slavic Conference, Urbana Champaign. April 1981.
- "The Decline of Muscovite Bureaucracy." Stanford University. January 1980.
- "The Seventeenth Century Crisis of Muscovy and Poland." Midwest Slavic Conference, Minneapolis. May 1979. Panel organizer.
- "Bureaucracy, Thought, and Communication in Seventeenth Century Russia." University of Chicago. February 1979.
- "Administracja Polska, 1569-1696" (in Polish). Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. November 1977.
- "The Muscovite Chancellery System." Hope College, Holland, Michigan. October 1975.
- "Sistema prikaznogo kontrolia" (The Chancellery Control System) (in Russian). Department of Feudalism, Moscow State University. April 1974.
- "Monastery Immunity Charters in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Muscovy." University of Chicago. February 1972.
Professional AssociationsAmerican Historical Association.
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
Early Slavic Studies Association.
Finno-Ugric Studies’ Association of Canada (President, 2008-2010).
New England Historical Association.
Honors and AwardsHarvard University, Davis Center for Russian Studies/Russian Research Center. Fellow and Associate. 1990-to the Present.
Harvard University, Ukrainian Research Institute. Research Associate and Associate. 1984 to the Present.
Yale University, Visiting Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Rhode Island College Faculty Research Grants, Faculty Development Grants, and Summer Research Stipend.
Fulbright Hayes Fellow, International Research and Exchanges Board. Moscow, Leningrad.
Ford Foundation Fellowship.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Eastern European Short-Term Studies Grant.
NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities). Translation Grant.
NEH Travel to Collections Grants.
IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board), Soviet Union. Graduate Student/Junior Faculty Exchange.
IREX, Soviet Union, accepted for Senior Exchange. Moscow.
IREX, Soviet Union/Russia, Short Term Travel Grants. Moscow, and Tartu, Estonia.
Polish Academy of Sciences and Main Archive of Ancient Acts. Researcher. Warsaw, Poland.
Kosciuszko Foundation, accepted for grant.
National Defense Education Act, Title VI.
Cate Fellowship and Social Science USSR Fellowship, University of Chicago.
Phi Alpha Theta, 1989-to the Present.