Teaches courses on imperial and modern Russia, the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans, modern European and world history, and ancient Greece. His research focuses on Mediterranean, Slavic, and Eastern Orthodox studies in modern times. (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2003)

Courses Taught at Rider

  • The Era of World War II
  • The Ottoman Empire and the Balkans
  • History of Socialism
  • Nazi Germany and Hitler’s Europe
  • History of Ancient Greece
  • 20th-Century Europe
  • Imperial Russia
  • Modern Russia
  • Europe since 1715
  • World History surveys


  • Books
  • Selected Articles and Chapters
    • “The Two-Headed Russian Eagle over the Bosporus: The Eastern Question and Russian Historiography,” Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 30/31 (2014/2015): forthcoming.
    • “Slaves of the Sultan: Russian Reactions to Christian Captives during the Greek Revolution (1821-30),” Russian-Ottoman Borderlands.
    • “Modernity and Local Agency in the Ottoman Borderlands,” Balkanistica 27 (2014): 169-83.
    • “Russian Consuls and the Greek Revolution (1821-30),” Mediterranean Historical Review 28.1 (June 2013): 46-65.
    • “Health, Society, and the Family in the 20th-Century Balkans,” Balkanistica 26.1 (2013): 241-54.
    • “Russian Missions in the Orthodox East: Antonin Kapustin and His World (1817-1894),” Russian History 40 (2013): 133-51.
    • “The Tsar’s Loyal Greeks: The Russian Diplomatic Mission to Independent Greece,” Ρωσια και Μεσογειος/Russia and the Mediterranean, 2 vols., ed. by Olga Katsiardi-Hering, 2: 277-98. Athens: Ethnic and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Herodotos Press, 2011.
    • “Russian-Greek Relations during the Crimean War,” Slovo 21.1 (Spring 2009): 17-29.
    • “Russian National Identity and the Independent Church of Greece,” Culture and Identity in Eastern Christian History: Ohio Slavic Papers, Vol. 9, eds. Russell E. Martin and Jennifer B. Spock with the assistance of M. A. Johnson, (2009): 19-48.
    • “Russian Interests in Nineteenth-Century Thessaloniki,” Mediterranean Historical Review 23.1 (June 2008): 15-33.
    • “The Orthodox East in Russian Historiography,” Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 22/23 (2006/2007): 229-40.
    • Review article: L. A. Gerd, Konstantinopol’ i Peterburg: Tserkovnaia politika Rossii na Pravoslavnom Vostoke (1878-1898). (Indrik, 2006). Kritika 8.2 (Spring 2007): 445-52.
  • Recent Reviews
    • James Meyer, Turks Across the Empires: Marketing Muslim Identity in the Russian-Ottoman Borderlands, 1856-1914 (Oxford: OUP, 2014) Canadian Slavonic Papers, 2015
    • İpek K. Yosmaoğlu, Blood Ties: Religion, Violence, and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia, 1878-1908 (Cornell, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014) History: Reviews of New Books 43.2 (2015): 71.
    • O. V. Sokolovskaia, Grecheskaia koroleva Ol’ga Konstantinovna – Pod molotom sud’by (Moscow: Institut slavianovedeniia RAN, 2011), Istorein 14 (2014): forthcoming.
    • Lora A. Gerd, Konstantinopol’skii Patriarkhat i Rossiia 1901/1914 (Moscow: Indrik, 2012), Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 28/29 (2012/2013): 384-87.
    • Theophilus C. Prousis, Lord Strangford at the Sublime Porte: The Eastern Crisis (1822) (Istanbul: The Isis Press, 2012), Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 28/29 (2012/2013): 356-58.
    • Robert O. Crummey, Old Believers in a Changing World (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011), Ab Imperio 3/2012: 413-20.
    • Theophilus C. Prousis, Lord Strangford at the Sublime Porte (1821): The Eastern Crisis (Istanbul: The Isis Press, 2010), Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 26/27 (2010/2011): 372-74.
    • O. E. Petrunina, Grecheskaia natsiia i gosudarstvo v XVIII-XX vv. (Moscow: Universitet Knizhnyi Dom, 2010), Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 26/27 (2010/2011): 363-65.
    • Theophilus C. Prousis, British Consular Reports from the Ottoman Levant in an Age of Upheaval, 1815-1830 (Istanbul: The Isis Press, 2008), Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 24/25 (2008/2009): 294-96.
    • Emily Greble. Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler’s Europe (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011), Balkanistica 25:1 (Spring 2012): 333-35.
    • “Russia’s Kriegsschuldfrage Revisited”: Sean McKeekin, Russian Origins of the First World War (Harvard: Harvard University Press, 2011),” H-Russia, February, 2012. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=34716
    • Lucian N. Leustean, ed. Eastern Christianity during the Cold War, 1945-1991 (London and New York: Routledge, 2010), Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 51.3-4 (2010): 404-7.
    • Bryn Geffert, Eastern Orthodox and Anglicans: Diplomacy, Theology, and the Politics of Interwar Ecumenism (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009), Russian Review 25.3 (October 2010): 264-66.

Current Projects

  • Foreign Policy and Ruling Class in Imperial Russia: Count Grigorii A. Stroganov (1770-1857)
  • The Russian Company of Steam Navigation and Trade on the Black Sea (1856-1914)
  • Russia and the Outbreak of the Greek Revolution: the View from Patras
  • Russian Policy regarding the Change of Dynasty in Greece, 1862-1864

Fellowships and Awards

  • Faculty Research Fellowship, Fall 2012
  • Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Rider University, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.

Professional Service

  • Treasurer, Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC), 2007-13
  • Evaluator of Research Grants, Rustaveli Foundation, Republic of Georgia, 2009-present
  • Project Thalis, Greek Ministry of Education and European Union: The Black Sea and Its Port Cities, 1774-1914. Development, Convergence and Linkages with the Global Economy, 2011-present
  • Executive Board, Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, 2009-12
  • Board member-at-large, Northeastern Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Conference, 2013
  • Faculty-in-Residence, First-Year Experience Program, Rider University, 2004-2007