Mark D. Steinberg

Immediate Past President 2020

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at the University of Illinois

Mark D. Steinberg is Professor of History at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he has taught since 1996. His BA is from UC Santa Cruz and his PhD from UC Berkeley. Before coming to Illinois he taught at Harvard (1987-1989) and Yale (1989-1996).

At Illinois, he is currently Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History; Chair of the Center for Historical Interpretation; and Chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. He has previously been Director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (1998-2004) and has served on numerous university committees.

In the profession, he was editor of Slavic Review (2006-2013) and member of the ASEEES Board of Directors and Executive Committee; a member of the Advisory Board of “Annals of Communism” at Yale University Press (since 1992); co-editor of the book series “Eurasia Past and Present” at Yale University Press (2011-2015); member of the editorial board of the Allan K. Wildman Series on Russian Politics, Society, and Culture in the Revolutionary Era (since 2003); and other committees in AAASS/ASEEES and the American Historical Association. He has co-organized a number of international and national interdisciplinary conferences, including on emotions, religion, cities, and peasants. He is also a member of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, the American Historical Association, and the American Association for University Professors. His major fellowships and grants over the years include SSRC, NEH, IREX, Carnegie, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

In addition to teaching university courses on a range of topics—especially Russian history, comparative revolutions, comparative urban history, and historical methods—he is committed to public engagement through public talks and interviews and in developing and coordinating curriculum development workshops for teachers. He also teaches at Danville Correctional Center through the Education Justice Project.

His research and writing have focused on working-class literary creativity, social movements, revolution, emotions, religion, violence, and the modern city—all with an interdisciplinary leaning. His books include Moral Communities: The Culture of Class Relations in the Russian Printing Industry, 1867-1907 (California 1992); The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution, with Vladimir Khrustalev (Yale 1995); Voices of Revolution, 1917 (Yale 2001); Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925 (Cornell 2002); Petersburg Fin-de-Siecle (Yale 2011); and The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford 2017). He has revised the seventh and eighth editions of A History of Russia with Nicholas Riasanovsky (Oxford); He has also co-edited a number of volumes, including Cultures in Flux: Lower-Class Values, Practices and Resistance in Late Imperial Russia, with Stephen Frank (Princeton 1994); Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia, with Heather Coleman (Indiana 2006); Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, with Catherine Wanner (Indiana 2008); and Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe, with Valeria Sobol (Northern Illinois 2011). He is now working on the ninth edition of A History of Russia and beginning a new project tentatively titled “The Straight and the Crooked in Urban Space: Leningrad, Odessa, and Shanghai, 1921-1936.”