Lucien Frary

Faculty / Lucien Frary

Associate Professor

Department Name 
Office Location 
Lynch Adler Hall 103
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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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
    • “Russian Foreign Policy and the Change of Dynasty in Greece, 1862-1864.” In Iosif Volotskii and Eastern Orthodoxy: Essays across Seventeen Centuries, eds. David Goldfrank, Valeria Z. Nollan, and Jennifer Spock. Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2017. Pp. 307-332.
    • “New Perspectives on the Muslims of Bulgaria.” Balkanistica 30 (2017): 273-83.
    • “The Two-Headed Russian Eagle over the Bosporus: The Eastern Question and Russian Historiography,” Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 30/31 (2014/2015): 465-85.
    • “Slaves of the Sultan: Russian Reactions to Christian Captives during the Greek Revolution (1821-30),” Russian-Ottoman Borderlands, 101-30.
    • “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.
    • “Russian Missions in the Orthodox East: Antonin Kapustin and His World (1817-1894),” Russian History 40 (2013): 133-51.
  • Recent Reviews
    • Brian L. Davies. The Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Catherine II and the Ottoman Empire. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.  Journal of Military History 81.2 (April 2017): 554-56.
    • Richard Stites. The Four Horsemen: Riding to Liberty in Post-Napoleonic Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 32/33 (2016/2017): 420-23.
    • Roument Daskalov and Alexander Vezenkov, eds. Entangled Histories of the Balkans, Volume Three: Shared Pasts, Disputed Legacies. Leiden: Brill, 2015. Balkanistica 30.1 (2017): 108-9.
    • Maria Baramova et al. Bordering Early Modern Europe. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015. English Historical Review (2017): forthcoming.
    • Paul Werth. The Tsar’s Foreign Faiths: Toleration and the fate of Religious Freedom in Imperial Russia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Ab Imperio 2 (2016): 453-58.
    • James Meyer. Turks across Empires: Marketing Muslim Identity in the Russian-Ottoman Borderlands, 1856-1914. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Canadian Slavonic Papers 57.1-2 (2015): 154-55.

Current Projects

  • Foreign Policy and Ruling Class in Imperial Russia: The Career of Count Grigorii A. Stroganov (1770-1857)
  • Pilgrims and Profits: The Russian Company of Steam Navigation and Trade, 1856-1914
  • Russia and the Outbreak of the Greek Revolution: the View from Patras (Through the Lens of Ioannis Vlassopulos)
  • Towards an International Interpretation of the Greek War of Independence

Fellowships and Awards

  • Faculty Research Fellowship, Fall 2012
  • Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Rider University, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.

Professional Service

  • Editorial board, The Library of Modern Russia, I. B. Tauris, 2017-present
  • Treasurer, Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC), 2006-13, 2015-17
  • Fellowships Evaluator of Research Projects, Rustaveli Foundation, Republic of Georgia, 2009-present
  • Board member-at-large Northeast Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference (NSEEES), 2013
  • 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, 2011-13
  • Executive Board, Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference (MASC), 2009-12
  • Faculty-in-Residence, First-Year Experience Program, Rider University, 2004-2007