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  • Contributors to This Issue

Michael D. Gordin is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University, where he teaches the history of science and Russian history. He is the author of several articles on the history of Russian and Soviet science, as well as A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table (2004) and Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War (2007). He is the editor, with Karl Hall and Alexei Kojevnikov, of a collection of essays on Intelligentsia Science: The Russian Century, 1860–1960, forthcoming in the fall of 2008, and is currently completing a book on the development of the first Soviet nuclear device, to be published in 2009.

Malte Griesse is Researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin. His Ph.D. dissertation, written at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, is “Communiquer, juger et agir sous Staline: La personne prise entre ses liens avec les proches et son rapport au système politico-idéologique” (Communicating, Judging, and Acting under Stalin: The Person at the Interface of His Ties to Those Close to Him and His Relationship with the Politico-Ideological System [2008]). His current research project deals with early modern rural revolts as phenomena of intensified communication in a transnational perspective.

Pål Kolstø is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Oslo. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on Lev Tolstoi’s relationship to the Orthodox Church (1995). Since then he has published extensively on nation-building and ethnic relations in Russia and in the other Soviet successor states. His most recent monograph is Political Construction Sites: Nation-Building in Russia and the Post-Soviet States (2000). Together with Helge Blakkisrud, he edited Nation-Building and Common Values in Russia (2004). In 2005, he was the editor of Myths and Boundaries in South-Eastern Europe.

Stephen Lovell is Reader in Modern European History at King’s College London. His recent publications include Destination in Doubt: Russia [End Page 701] since 1989 (2006) and, as editor, Generations in Twentieth-Century Europe (2007).

Inessa Medzhibovskaya is Assistant Professor of Literature at Eugene Lang College, The New School for the Liberal Arts, where she teaches a variety of courses in Russian and East European literature, theory of the novel, and movements such as romanticism and modernism. She is the author of Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845–1887 (2008) and has published essays on Russian literature, culture, and intellectual history that have appeared in Slavic and East European Journal, Comparative Literature, Tolstoy Studies Journal, Stanford Slavic Studies, and other venues. New projects involve Writing and Confinement (book) and edited volumes on Tolstoi.

William Nickell holds the Gary Licker Research Chair in Cowell College at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he lectures in Russian literature and language. He has completed a book manuscript on Tolstoi’s death and is engaged in a number of projects relating to the forthcoming centennial of that event in 2010. He has also published and continues to do extensive research on Tolstoi’s life and works as a cultural institution, including work on the Tolstoian movement, his 1928 centennial, and the legacy of diaries, memoirs, and film of the writer. More recently, he has worked on several projects pertaining to Soviet culture.

Willard Sunderland is Associate Professor in the Department of History of the University of Cincinnati. He is currently completing a micro-history of the late tsarist empire focused on the life of Baron von Ungern-Sternberg, the “Mad Baron” of Mongolia. [End Page 702]



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