• Assistant Professor of Russian History, McGill University (2017—)
  • Lecturer in Russian, East European and Eurasian History, University of Manchester (2015-2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, International Center for the History and Sociology of WWII and its Consequences, Higher School of Economics (2014-2015)


  • PhD, Department of History, University of Chicago (2014)
  • MA, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), University of Toronto (2007)
  • Visiting Student, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary (2006)
  • BA Honours, University College at the University of Toronto (2005)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Grant – Georgian Language (2014)
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Kunstadter Research Travel Grant, Department of History, University of Chicago (2010, 2011)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2006-2007)
  • University of Toronto, Ilona Diener award for study at Central European University, Hungary (2006)
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Master’s Scholarship (2005-2006)
  • Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Graduate Student Award (2005-2007)
  • University of Toronto, Moses and Anne Tartick Scholarship for excellent performance in the humanities (2005)
  • University of Toronto, John Fraser Grey Scholarship in Modern History (2002-2003)
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts and Science, Dean’s Honor List scholar (2001-2005)



As Instructor

  • McGill University, The ‘Wild’ Years: Russia in the 1990s
  • McGill University, History of the Soviet Union
  • McGill University, History of the Russian Empire
  • McGill University, Introduction to Russian History
  • McGill University, Honours Seminar: Stalin and Stalinism
  • McGill University, Russia: Revolutions 1905 & 1917
  • University of Manchester, Capitalism and its (Discontents) (MA course, co-taught)
  • University of Manchester, Socialist Security: The Soviet Welfare State, 1917-1991
  • University of Manchester, Crisis and Prosperity in Europe, 1913-1973 (co-taught)
  • University of Manchester, States, Nations, Nationalism (co-taught)
  • University of Manchester, History in Practice: Stalinist Society
  • University of Chicago, “European Civilization II”
  • University of Chicago, “Power, Identity, and Resistance”

As Teaching assistant

  • University of Chicago, “European Civilization I”
  • University of Chicago, “European Civilizations II”
  • University of Chicago, “Power, Identity, Resistance”
  • University of Chicago, “Soviet History Survey”

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • “The 1956 Pension Law and the Late Soviet Social Contract,” Remaking the Social Contract? Pension Reform and Protest in Russia, Harriman Institute, Columbia University (January 24, 2019)
  • “Socialist (In)security: Pensions and the Postwar Soviet Economy,” Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto (November 8, 2018).
  • “Ideas in ‘Bondage’: International Copyright Law and its Critics in the Soviet Union, 1917-1962,” Russia’s Global Legal Trajectories: An International Workshop, University College London, School of Slavonic, East European and Eurasian Studies, London, UK (February 16, 2018)
  • “Real Returns: State Bonds, Lottery Tickets, and Savings Accounts in the Postwar USSR,” Joint session of the Russian and Economic History Workshops, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (December 1, 2017)
  • “International Copyright Law, Cultural Exchange, and the Cold War,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, Chicago, USA (November 9, 2017)
  • “Grigorii Mar’iakhin, the NIFI, and the Perils of Postwar Tax Reform,” Social Science History Association Annual Convention,” Montréal, QC, Canada (November 2, 2017)
  • “International Copyright Law in the Khrushchev-Era Soviet Union,” American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, USA (October 27, 2017)
  • “1917 and the Fate of the Abolition of Money,” The October Revolution: Past and Present, Jean Monnet Centre, Montréal, QC, Canada (October 19, 2017)
  • “Khrushchev’s Big Freeze: the 1957 Abolition of ‘Mass Subscription Bonds’ and the Politics of Public Debt in the USSR,” New York University – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (7 March 2017)
  • “Trade and Exchange Within and Beyond the Socialist World” (roundtable participant), Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK (February 3, 2017)
  • “Workers’ ‘Long-Held Dream’: The Soviet Attempt to Abolish Income Taxes, 1960-1962,” Global Histories of Taxation and State Finances Symposium, Basel University, Basel, Switzerland (December 2, 2016)
  • “Measuring the People’s Material Welfare: Constructing the Average Soviet Family Budget after Stalin,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, Washington D.C., USA (November 20, 2016)
  • “Was there a Welfare State in the East as well as the West?” (roundtable participant), Debating the Cold War, Birkbeck College, London, UK (February 5, 2016)
  • “Socialism’s Low-Price Guarantee: Late Stalinism and the Retail Economy, 1945-1954,” University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (November 19, 2015)
  • “Compulsory-Voluntary: Soviet State Bonds and the Boundary between Taxes and Investments,” The Global Politics of Public Debts, from the Late Eighteenth Century, Magdalene College, Cambridge (June 11, 2015)
  • “Requests for Material Assistance at the Reception of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, 1945-1953,” Suppliques – approches comparatives, Centre d’études franco-russe, Moscow, Russia (May 30, 2015)
  • Between Postwar Fiscal and Social Dilemmas: The Tax on Bachelors, Single Persons and Small Families of the USSR,” Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, New York University (March 6, 2015)
  • “Between Postwar Fiscal and Social Dilemmas: The Tax on Bachelors, Single Persons and Small Families of the USSR,” Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia (February 26, 2015)
  • “‘In the Interests of the Government and the People’: Soviet Mass Subscription Bonds, 1927-1957,” Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po, Paris, France (February 20, 2015)
  • “What Money Was (and What It Was Not Always) in Postwar Soviet Society,” Séminaire “L’Univers des choses Soviétiques,” École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France (February 19, 2015)
  • “The Delicate Balance Between Spending and Saving in 1950s Soviet Russia,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, San Antonio (November 21, 2014)
  • “The Soviet ‘Free Market’ at War,” Occupations and Liberations in World War II: New Research on the Soviet Experience, Georgetown University (October 31, 2014)
  • Selected participant, “Debt and External Adjustment in the Interwar Period: Comparing the Past and the Present,” Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Young Scholars Initiative workshop, Toronto, ON Canada (2014)
  • “Every Ruble Counts: Minimum Wage Increases, Tax Breaks, and More Pay in Hand,” Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe Workshop, University of Chicago (2013)
  • “Mass Subscription Bonds and the De-Stalinization of State Fundraising,” Midwestern Russian History Workshop, Northwestern University (March 15, 2013)
  • ““I beg you not to reject my plea”: Asking the Soviet State for Money, 1945-1953,” Cultures of Grievance in Eastern Europe & Eurasia, Princeton University (March 8, 2013)
  • “Socialism’s Low Cost Guarantee: Retail Prices, Real Wages and the Purchasing Power of the Ruble,” Modern European Workshop, University of Chicago (February 6, 2013)
  • “Enlisting the Means of the Masses: Soviet War Bond Campaigns,” Association for Slavic, East, European and Eurasian Studies Convention, New Orleans (November 15, 2012)
  • “Winners and Losers: Cash-and-Goods Lotteries, 1958-1964,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies annual convention (November 18, 2011)
  • “Cash-and-Goods Lotteries from Stalin to Khrushchev (chapter 6 of dissertation),” Russian Studies Workshop, University of Chicago (October 18, 2011)
  • “The Value of a Ruble: A Social History of Money in Postwar Soviet Russia, 1945-1964 (dissertation proposal),” delivered at the Modern European and Russian Studies workshop, University of Chicago (November 23, 2010)
  • “The Curious Lottery: Soviet Lottery Bonds, Socialist Construction and Everyday Life, 1922-1941,” delivered at Slavic Forum, The Franke Institute at the University of Chicago (April 23, 2010)
  • “The Curious Jackpot: Soviet Lottery Bonds and Socialist Construction, 1922-1941” Chicago Area History Graduate Student Conference, “Visions of Purpose: Belief, Ideology and Historical Change” (April 9, 2010)

Non-Academic Publications

  • (Contributor) Nations in Transit: Czech Republic. Budapest: Freedom House, 2008
  • (Co-editor) Conflict and Change in the Middle East and Southwest Asia: What are Canada’s Strategic Interests? Toronto: Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, 2007
  • “Testing Freedom’s Limits,” Transitions Online (November 22, 2007)
  • “Blame Both Sides in Russia-EU Energy Spat,” Business Week (November 9, 2007)

Radio Work

  • Guest expert, “My dear Moscow, my expensive Moscow!” Voice of Russia (June 18, 2012)
  • Guest speaker, “How the Lottery Works in Russia?” Voice of Russia (April 2, 2012)
  • “A Coffee Addict in Prague,” Radio Prague (July 9, 2006)
  • “Documentary Looks at Czechoslovak Life and Socialist Realism,” Radio Prague (30 June, 2006)
  • “Helping Foreigners Integrate into Czech Life,” Radio Prague (21 June, 2006)
  • “Czech Group Raises Funds to Help Earthquake-Struck Indonesia,” Radio Prague (14 June, 2006)
  • “Czech Film Industry “Up in Arms” Over Failure of Bill,” Radio Prague (June 2, 2006)
  • “Doctors’ Protest Ends in March through Prague,” Radio Prague (June 2, 2006)
  • “Will Green Party Grow in Next Week’s Election?” Radio Prague (May 25, 2006)
  • “Breaking the Ice with Hockey,” Radio Prague (May 21, 2006)


  • English (native)
  • French (excellent)
  • Russian (excellent)
  • Czech (intermediate)
  • Georgian (beginner)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Member, Social Science History Association