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Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 3.4 (2002) 575-576

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The Kritika Index:
The Shrinking Past

  • Number of graduate programs in the United States in Russian history in the early- to mid-1980s with early Russian programs: 21 1

  • Number in 2002: 12 2

  • Number of these programs that will likely be eliminated after the retirement of the holder in the coming five years: 5 3

  • Number of top-tier graduate programs granting Ph.D.s in Russian history that are currently without any specific faculty competence in early Russian history: 19 4

  • Number of these programs with two or more historians specializing in the period 1850-1941: 9 5

  • Number of these programs with two or more scholars specializing in the period 1900-41: 5 6 [End Page 575]

  • The probability that many recent Russian history hires teaching the survey in early Russian history will not have had graduate training in that field: highly likely

  • Number of postings for early Russian jobs at major graduate programs since 1985: 2 7

  • Number of early Russian historians hired in early Russian slots at major graduate programs since 1985: 1 8

  • Number of postings for all Russian history jobs in the United States since 1991: approximately 70

  • Number that went to early Russian scholars: 4 9

  • Percentage who were hired at first-tier universities or colleges: 25% 10

  • Number of jobs since 1991 that went to Soviet historians: approximately 50

  • Number of early Russianists hired in medieval European lines since 1991: 1 11

  • Number of early modern Russianists hired in early modern European lines since 1991: 0

  • Number of Ph.Ds. granted in early Russian history since 1991: approximately 20



1. Here we mean Ph.D. granting institutions with Carnegie I rankings that had a scholar from the "early period" teaching classes for undergraduates and graduates in Kievan-Muscovite history. The tally is: Berkeley (Riasanovsky); Harvard (Keenan and Pritsak); Chicago (Hellie); Oregon (Alef); Washington (Waugh); Ohio State (Levin); Indiana (Halperin); Connecticut (Langer); Kansas (Backus); Yale (Bushkovitch); Princeton (Black); Columbia (Cherniavsky); Stanford (Kollmann); Michigan (Kivelson); Pennsylvania (Riasanovsky); Davis (Crummey); Maryland (Majeska); Washington University in St. Louis (Okenfuss); Illinois (Uroff); Georgetown (Goldfrank); Kentucky (Rowland).

2. Harvard (Kennan); Chicago (Hellie); Michigan (Kivelson); Stanford (Kollmann); Yale (Bushkovitch); Connecticut (Langer); UC Riverside (Michels); Washington University in St. Louis (Okenfuss); Georgetown (Goldfrank); Washington (Waugh); Ohio State (Levin); Kentucky (Rowland).

3. Harvard (Keenan); Chicago (Hellie); Washingon (Waugh); Connecticut (Langer); Washington University in St. Louis (Okenfuss).

4. Cornell, Brown, NYU, Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Duke, Northwestern, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Washington.

5. Rutgers, Princeton, Virginia, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, UCLA, UC Berkeley.

6. Rutgers, Princeton, Indiana, Illinois, Texas.

7. Michigan and Berkeley.

8. Michigan (Kivelson).

9. Westminster College (Martin); Southern Connecticut State University (Chrissidis); UC Riverside (Michels); Eastern Kentucky (Spock).

10. UC Riverside (Michels).

11. Kent State (Thyret).



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