Mariia Degtiareva, Candidate of Historical Sciences, is a postdoctoral researcher (doktorant) at the Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). She has written two articles about Joseph de Maistre's relationships with Nikolai M. Karamzin (Sotsiologicheskii zhurnal, 2003) and Petr Chaadaev (Voprosy filosofii, 2003). She is currently working on a history of de Maistre and the Jesuits in Russia in the reigns of Catherine II and Alexander I.
Mikhail Dolbilov is Associate Professor (dotsent) in the Department of History, Voronezh State University, Russia. His publications include "Zemel´naia sobstvennost´ i osvobozhdenie krest´ian" (Landownership and the Emancipation of the Serfs) in Sobstvennost´ na zemliu v Rossii: Istoriia i sovremennost´ (Landownership in Russia: Past and Present), ed. D. F. Aiatskov (2002); "The Emancipation Reform of 1861 and the Nationalism of Imperial Bureaucracy," in Construction and Deconstruction of National Histories in Slavic Eurasia, ed. Tadayuki Hayashi (2003); and "Scenarios of Power and the Role of the Autocrat," Kritika 2, 4 (2001).
Catherine Epstein is Assistant Professor of History at Amherst College. She recently published The Last Revolutionaries: German Communists and Their Century (2003). She is currently working on a biography of Arthur Greiser, the Nazi leader of the "Warthegau" in annexed Poland.
Stuart Finkel is Fellow and Lecturer in the Introduction to Humanities Program at Stanford University. He was recently Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin and a postdoctoral fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. His publications include "Purging the Public Intellectual: The 1922 Expulsions from Soviet Russia," Russian Review 62, 4 (2003). He is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled "The Philosophers' Steamboat and the Remaking of the Russian Intelligentsia."
Andreas Kappeler is affiliated with the Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte at Universität Wien and a member of the Kritika editorial board. His recent publications include "Great Russians" and "Little Russians": [End Page 445] Russian-Ukrainian Relations and Perceptions in Historical Perspective (2003); Der schwierige Weg zur Nation: Beiträge zur neueren Geschichte der Ukraine (2003); and The Russian Empire: A Multiethnic History (2001). He is currently working on a history of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine and a study of Russian-Austrian border towns in 19th-century Ukraine.
Harsha Ram is Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Imperial Sublime: A Russian Poetics of Empire (2003) and has published on Russian 18th-century, romantic, and modernist poetry and on the literary and cultural dimensions of Russian imperialism and Soviet nationalities policy in the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is currently studying Georgian and working on a book-length project concerning the futurist avant-garde in Russia and Georgia.
Darius Staliunas is Deputy Director of the Lithuanian Institute of History and a member of the editorial board of Lithuanian Historical Studies. He also lectures at Klaipeda University. He is the author of Visuomene be universiteto? (Aukatosios mokyklos atksrimo problema Lietuvoje: XIX a. vidurys-XX a. prad~ia) (2000) (A Society without a University? [On the Reestablishment of a University in Lithuania in the Mid-19th and Early 20th Centuries]). His current research concerns nationality policy in the Northwestern provinces of the Russian empire.