Associate Professor

Department Name 

Office Location 
North Hall 103
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Lucien Frary

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
    • “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 (April 2017): forthcoming.
    • Richard Stites. The Four Horsemen: Riding to Liberty in Post-Napoleonic Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 31 (2016): forthcoming.
    • Roument Daskalov and Alexander Vezenkov, eds. Entangled Histories of the Balkans, Volume Three: Shared Pasts, Disputed Legacies. Leiden: Brill, 2015. Balkanistica 30 (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.
    • Maria Baramova et al. Bordering Early Modern Europe. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015. English Historical Review (2016): forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 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 14.1 (2014): 134-39.
    • Lora A. Gerd, Konstantinopol’skii Patriarkhat i Rossiia 1901/1914 (Moscow: Indrik, 2012), Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 28/29 (2012/2013): 384-87.

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, 2016, 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