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(Robert) Alan Kimball
History Department
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403

Mobil phone:               (541) 870-3224
FAX:                           (541) 346-4895


1967: PhD, University of Washington, History (modern Russia, medieval Russia, Byzantium, French Revolution)
1963: MA, University of Washington, Russian Area Studies (modern and medieval Russian history, Russian literature, Soviet economy, Marxism)
1961: BA with Honors, University of Kansas, Political Science-International Relations (Russian area emphasis: history, philosophy, literature, politics and economics)
1938 December 19: Born, Yukon, Canadian County, Oklahoma


Current: Professor Emeritus of History, University of Oregon
2014, 2015 and 2016 Winter terms: Visiting Professor, New York University/Abu Dhabi International University

1995-2004 (10 years): Elected Director of the UO Russian and East European Studies Center (REESC). 1967: Founding member of REESC. 1968-69, 1974-78: Executive Board. 1973-74: Chair

1998-2002 (5 years): Elected first Chair of the Executive Board of the newly created UO Oregon Consortium for International and Area Studies [OCIAS] which draws together International Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies and REESC (these the five degree and/or certificate-granting programs on campus). 1999:Re-elected to three-year term. 2002: Asked to fill post again, pro temp
1996-1998 (2 years): Elected to UO Senate (earlier Senate service: 1990-92 and 1977-78). Member, Senate Rules Committee (1977-78)
1992-1995 (3 years): Chairman, Russian Department (elected by the Department)

1992 Summer Institute of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) affiliated with the Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum, and the Taurida Palace. Studied Russian cultural history in the first post-Soviet year in Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Pskov, Novgorod, Vladimir, Rostov-Velikii, Yaroslavl, and other sites

1988 Fall: First Visiting Honors Professor in the History Department of The United States Naval Academy, Annapolis. 1998 Fall: Invited to return as member of History Department Review Committee

1987 May: Fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC

1986-1987: Visiting Foreign Research Scholar at the Slavic Research Center of Hokkaido University, in Sapporo, Japan. Hokkaido houses the Japanese national Slavic research center which each year invites two scholars from around the world to join their research faculty

1978-1984 (6 years): Director, Robert Donald Clark Honors College and Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UO
1981-1982: President, Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC), an affiliate of the (NCHC member, 1978-84)

1976-1977: Research Specialist, attached to the Department of History, Moscow State University, USSR (1972-73 also)

1965-1967 (2 years): Instructor of History in the Western Civilization Program, Stanford University


2002-2004 (2 years): Rippey Foundation Grant to create and offer joint group-satisfying courses and to offer a "College Connections" colloquium attached to these two courses

1994-1999 (5 years): Advisory Committee and participant in design and implementation of a Ford Foundation Grant to UO to facilitate expansion of foreign-language experience beyond the traditional language/literature departments [FLAC] and into the social science curriculum. I helped design and teach six courses in which Russian-language sources were incorporated into special satellite sections of my standard Russian history courses

1995 Summer: Faculty and Program Development Grant for International Education from the UO Office of International Affairs in support of the first annual Oregon Russian Summer, an intense Russian-language and culture institute which I helped design and administer, this was the first and, so far, only such Russian-language institute at UO
1993: Stanley B. Greenfield Faculty Grant to build Russian history collection in Knight Library

1981-1985 (4 years): Grant Administrator and chairman of the Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Writing Consortium (PNWC: Lewis and Clark College, The Evergreen State College, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound, the University of Washington, and the UO Honors College). Co-authored consortium program which was funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Washington, DC

1975-1985 (10 years): Co-drafted the REESC Undergraduate Center Program and negotiated for support from Oregon congressional representatives, navigated it in the bureaus of the US Office of Education, Department of Health Education and Welfare, and lobbied for Oregon Board of Higher Education acceptance of  "center" status. As a result, REESC became, for more than a decade, one of two national undergraduate center programs funded by the US Office of Education


I am writing a ca. 700 page MS which bears the working title To Make a Better Life: The Mobilization of Political Opposition in the Russian Empire, 1859-1863. It is a computer-assisted study of several hundred social organizations and their members in the middle of the nineteenth century, a period called the "Era of Great Reforms" or "First Russian Revolutionary Situation".

2013 Spring: One-term sabbatical leave devoted to this project.

In connection with a History Department project to bring World Wide Web opportunities into our classes, I posted on the internet the central elements of the vast datafiles generated in connection with the research described just above

I strive to spend two-three months every other year in Russian archives and libraries, though over the past eight years that has not been possible.

2006 Summer: Research in Moscow. I took this opportunity to arrange two interviews with petroleum industry administrators (in connection with my on-going interest in the problem of Russian and global energy politics): (1) a Vice President of Chevron's Russian operations stationed in Moscow, and (2) a Vice President of BP stationed in Aberdeen, Scotland.

2004 Summer: Research in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg libraries and newspaper collections
2002 Summer: Research in the Tenishev Archive at the Rossiiskii etnograficheskii musei [Russian ethnographic museum]
1999 Fall: Research in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Consulted with professors Larisa Zakharova (Moscow State University) and Boris Mironov (Russian Academy of Sciences)
1998 November 7: I presented report to the Northwest Scholars of Russian and Soviet History and Culture [NWS] of on one aspect of this project, "The Tsarist State and the Origins of Revolutionary Opposition in the 1860s "
1995 Summer: In the Amsterdam Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis as well as in Pushkinskii Dom, the State Historical Archives, and the Public Library in Petersburg
1992 Summer: In the collections specified just above, and made scholarly excursions to several historical sites across northern Russia with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities

1983-1989 (6 years): Research group devoted to Russian provincial history, specifically Saratov Province. We organized an international conference of US and Soviet historians at the University of Illinois Russian and East European Center, July 1985, co-sponsored by NEH. The group also met in conjunction with the Third World Congress for Soviet and East European Studies in Washington, DC, November, 1985. Our book on Saratov appeared in the fall of 1989

I have been invited to lecture on my research at universities and academies in the USA, Japan, China, Germany, Italy and Russia


2008 Fall: "Pre-Soviet Russian Concepts of Civil Society and Their Legacy", a twelve-page chapter in an anthology published by the Russian Academy of Sciences, Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations (Moscow: Uchitel' Press), pp. 89-100

2004 Fall:Obshchestvennye nauki i sovremennost' 6:137-146 [Social Sciences and Modernity, the journal of the social-science divisions of the Russian Academy of Sciences], "Derevenskii kabak kak vyrazhenie russkoi grazhdanskoi obshchestvennosti, 1855-1905 gg." [Village tavern as an expression of Russian civil society, 1855-1905]

2003 Winter: "Aleksei Pleshcheev", a 5000-word essay in Dictionary of Literary Biography, volume 277

1994: "Intelligentsia." In Peter N. Stearns, ed., Encyclopedia of Social History. New York: Garland Publishing. Pages 355-6

1992: "Russkoe grazhdanskoe obshchestvo i politicheskii krizis v epokhu Velikikh Reform, 1859-1863" [Russian Civil Society and the Political Crisis in the Epoch of Great Reforms, 1859-1863], a chapter in Larisa Zakharova, et al., eds., Velikie reformy v Rossii 1856-1874. Moscow: Moscow State University Press. Pages 260-282. The original English-language version of this chapter is posted in KIMBALL FILES

1992: "Alexander Herzen and the Native Lineage of the Russian Revolution", a chapter in Religious and Secular Forces in Late Tsarist Russia. Edited by Charles E. Timberlake. Seattle WA: The University of Washington Press. Pages 105-27 and 321-7

1991 Summer: "Weber and Russia. "Telos 88 (Summer 1991):187-95 (with co-author Gary Ulmen, Associate Editor of the journal Telos); based on theMax Weber Gesamtausgabe devoted to the 1905 Revolution in Russia

1990 Fall: "The Russian Peasant Obshchina in the Political Culture of the Era of Great Reforms: A Contribution to Begriffsgeschichte." Russian History/Histoire Russe 17:259-79

1990: "Introduction" [a 3500-word essay on the role of women (Olga and Anna) in the Christianization of Rus']. In Russia and the Millennium (A.D. 988-1988). Crestwood NY: Saint Vladimir's Press. Pages 1-11

1989: "Conspiracy and Circumstance in Saratov, 1859-1864." Chapter 3 (pp. 28-48) of Politics and Society in Provincial Russia: Saratov, 1590-1917. Edited by Rex A. Wade and Scott J. Seregny. Columbus OH: The Ohio State University Press. In 1991 this chapter was translated by the Saratov Regional History Society. In June, 1991, the society held a conference devoted in part to this publication

1989 Summer: "The Marketing of Perestroika." Telos 80: 169-176

1988: "Student Interests and Student Politics: Kazan University before the Crisis of 1862." Acta Slavica Iaponica (Sapporo) 6:1-15. 1989: The Institut nauchnoi informatsii po obshchestvennym naukam of the Soviet Academy of Sciences published a Russian-language conspectus of this essay in Referativnyi zhurnal: obshchestvennye nauki za rubezhom, Series 5: "Istoriia", index 89.05.010 (Moscow:1989):46-49

1988: "Literary Fund: from 1859 to the Present Day." Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History [MERSH] 49:236-9

1988: "Revolutionary Situation in Russia (1859-1862)." MERSH 31:54-57

1988: "Who Were the Petrashevtsy? A Question Provoked by some Recent Scholarship." Mentalities/mentalités 5, no. 2:1-12

1981: "Lavrov, Peter Lavrovich." MERSH 19:69-73

1980: "Kviatkovskii, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich." MERSH 18:228-229

1980: "Karakozov, Dmitrii Vladimirovich." MERSH 16:7-8

1980: "Khalturin, Stepan Nikolaevich." MERSH 16:121-122

1979: "Gartman, Lev Nikolaevich." MERSH 12:86-87

1976 December: "I. I. Mints and the Representation of Reality in History." Slavic Review 35:715-723

1973: "The Harassment of Russian Revolutionaries Abroad; the London Trial of Vladimir Burtsev, 1898." Oxford Slavonic Papers 6:48-65

1973 September: "The First International and the Russian Obshchina." Slavic Review 32:491-514

1973: "Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin." McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography 6:131-132

1973: "Vasily Osipovich Klyuchevsky." McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography 6:228-229

1971 March: "The Russian Past and the Socialist Future in the Thought of Peter Lavrov." Slavic Review 30:28-44

1968 March: American Assembly, The United States and Eastern Europe [co-author]


1995: Editorial introduction by Gordon C. Wells and Peter Baehr to Max Weber's The Russian Revolutions(Cornell UP):25-6
1993 October: Review of 1992 essay on Alexander Herzen, Catholic Historical Review:764-5. Also 1993 Summer The Slavonic Review [England]:594-5
1992: Imai,Yoshio, Nicolas P. Ballin, A Pioneer of Russo-Ukrainian Co-operative Movement and His Letter to English Co-operators (1871-1888) (Tokyo):37
1992 March-June: Canadian Slavonic Papers 34:1-2
1990:JGO 38
1985: Esther Kingston-Mann, Lenin and the Problem of Marxist Peasant Revolution (Oxford:1985):26-27
1983: Manfred Hildermeier, "Die Revolutionäre Bewegung", Handbuch der Geschichte Russlands. Volume 3: "1856-1945: Von den autokratischen Reformen zum Sowjetstaat" (Stuttgart):145-169
1981: Athar Hussain and Kieth Tribe, eds, Marxism and the Agrarian Question 2:16-18
1980: J. K. Billington, Fire in the Minds of Men (NYC):638
1979: Russian Review 4:477
1979: Daniel R. Brower, The Russian Revolution: Disorder or New Order? Series: Forum Press "Problems in Civilization" (St. Louis):88
1979: A. H. Arslanian, Soviet Studies 31
1977 December: F. S. Zukerman, Journal of Contemporary History 12
1977 June: Slavic Review 2:363
1974: M. A. Maslin, Ideologiia russkogo revoliutsionnogo narodnichestva v sovremennoi anglo-amerikanskoi burzhuaznoi istoriografii (Moscow):8-11
1972: M. I. Chemerisskaia, "Amerikanskii istorik o vzgliadakh P. L. Lavrova ", Voprosy istorii 10:179-181
1971: Boris Itenberg, Institut istorii Akademii nauk SSSR (Soviet Academy of Sciences), invited me to write an article titled "The First Meeting of Plekhanov and Lavrov, Paris, 1877 ". The article was accepted for publication in an Academy Sbornik, but the publication was suspended


Current (since 1998 Fall): Composed and maintained pedagogical website, A Student's Annotated Chronology and Systematic Bibliography [SAC]. The site combines detailed chronology of main events of Russian and related world history, with a growing number of internal linkages (e.g., chronological "LOOPS" on key terms and issues) and external linkages with the global internet. SAC emphasizes primary source readings available on reserve or the open stacks of Knight Library, or (increasingly) on the internet itself. I translated many of the primary documents and cross-linked them with appropriate SAC entries. The main published titles featured in the "systematic bibliography" are linked with the UO KNIGHT LIBRARY catalog

SAC has been linked to more than 100 professionally scholarly and amateur websites around the world, including the Educational Testing Service at Princeton NJ, the University of Texas library and Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, and the Kennan Institute of Advanced Russian Studies at Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Beginning the past decade or so it is appearing in the footnotes of scholarly-press publications. I regularly receive requests to link to SAC and related KIMBALL FILE pages, as well as simple and gratifying expressions of appreciation for them. For example, (1) my essay "Ways of Seeing History", (2) the entry in SAC on the early political agenda of freshly appointed Russian President Vladimir Putin, and (3) the Moscow-based collection of historical photos of that Russian city asked to link to several of my historical and personal (now becoming historical!) photos. The Kiev-based website on the history of trams linked to my digitalized presentation of Ivan Shagin's amazing WW2 photos. I have been unable to quantify the growing number of references to SAC in Wikipedia. But all together they are no more satisfying that the student who came to office in October, 2017, expressing concern about the possibility that SAC might evaporate when I am fully retired

2013 Winter: The University of Oregon Knight Library made permanent accession of electronic KIMBALL FILES

2006 Winter: Professor Douglas Wiener at the University Arizona requested and was granted permission to link his courses to the English-language version of my article on the Russian village kabak [tavern]

2005 Fall: University of Southern California Trojan Bookstore requested and was granted permission to publish for USC student use my KIMBALL FILES translation and annotation of Sergei Nechaev's "Catechism of Revolution "

2003 Winter: "Who Were the Petrashevtsy?", a KIMBALL FILES internet article selected for linkage on the Japan Council of Russian and East European Studies website, earlier published as an 8000-word article in the journal Mentalities/mentalités 5, no. 2 (1988)

2002 February: "The Tsarist State and the Origins of Revolutionary Opposition in the 1860s", a KIMBALL FILES internet article selected for linkage on the ProQuest "History online" (England)

2000 October 24, a student of history at Texas A&M: "I have found it extremely fascinating and immensely useful. I have permanently posted the site in my 'favorites' list for further reference. You can be sure that I am going to be enjoying your work for a considerable time to come. "

1997 Fall: Composed 260-page Oregon Russian and East European Studies Center website (with the technical assistance of Paul Schroder)

1997 February 3:The Oregonian. "Russia and the U.S.: Yeltsin's ineffectiveness, NATO expansion plans bode ill for democracy" [an editorial column invited by the Oregon World Affairs Council and the editorial staff of The Oregonian], based on a speech I delivered to an audience of ca. 1000 for the Oregon "Great Decisions" program. An internet expansion of this essay was posted on a NATO website, 1998-2006. Someone in NATO must have finalliy read it, so it was taken down, 2006-ca. 2016. I don't know how to explain it, but it reappeared on the internet by 2017

1984: "The United States and the Soviet Union: Toward a Mutual Pacific Frontier." Oregon and the Pacific Rim (Portland OR):5-6

1984 Fall: "Writing with Computers: Preface to a Plan to Teach a Course Called 'Writing History with a Computer'. "PNWC Papers: Pacific Northwest Writing Consortium Newsletter 4,2:6-10

1983 Fall: "The Place of Honors in Publicly Financed Higher Education." Forum For Honors [Publication of the National Collegiate Honors Council] 14,1:17-37

1982 March-April: "Integration of Writing with History: One Episode and Some Generalizations." PNWC Papers: Pacific Northwest Writing Consortium Newsletter 2,2:3-5

1979: "Russia and the Unnamed Revolution" and "Scientism: Attitudes toward Science through History", two thirty-minute discussions contracted and video-taped by the Eugene Public Library, and circulated there

1979 Spring: "Living and Working in Russia." Old Oregon 58,3:9-13

1974: "The First World War and the Russian Revolution." Pacifica Cassette on History (B. B. 1743)


2016 Fall: Russian Review = George O. Liber, Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016

2012 Winter: Russian Review = Mikhail Dolbilov, Russkii krai, chuzhaia vera: Etnokonfessional'naia politika imperii v Litve i Belorussii pri Aleksandre II

2010 Fall: H-Net (H-Russia) review of Claudia Verhoeven, The Odd Man Karakozov

2008 Winter: Slavic Review, Guido Hausmann, et al., Gesellschaft als locale Veranstaltung: Selbstverwaltung, Assoziierung und Geselligkeit in den Städten des ausgehenden Zarenreiches

2005 Winter: Slavic Review, I. A. Khristoforov, "Aristokraticheskaia" opozitsiia Velikim reformam, konets 1850--seredina 1870-kh gg.

2004 Summer: Russian Review, Peter Julicher Renegades, Rebels and Rogues under the Tsars

2000: Andrei Sinyavsky,The Russian Intelligentsia (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997), posted on H-NET

1995 December: Cathy Frierson, Peasant Icons: Representations of Rural People in Late Nineteenth-Century Russia in Journal of Modern History 67,4:984-6 [JMH]

1995 June: G. M. Hamburg, Boris Chicherin and Early Russian Liberalism, 1828-1866 in JMH 67,2:506-9

1994 February: R. Sh. Ganelin, Rossiskoe samoderzhanie v 1905 godu: Reformy i revoliutsiia in American Historical Review [AHR]

1987: M. V. Nechkina, Vstrecha dvukh pokolenii in Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas [JGO] 35

1987 February: N. B. Losinskii, Revoliutsionno-narodnicheskoe dvizhenie v Belorussii, 1870-1884 gg. in AHR

1981 Fall: Woodford McClellan, Revolutionary Exiles in Slavic Review

1980 September: Dietrich Geyer, Der russische Imperialismus: Studien über den Zusammenhang von innerer und auswärtige Politik, 1860-1914 in Slavic Review

1980 March: Arthur Lehning, ed., Michel Bakounine sur la guerre Franco-Allemande et la révolution sociale en France, 1870-1871 in Slavic Review

1979 April: S. T. Cochrane, The Collaboration of Nechaev, Ogarev and Bakunin in 1869 in AHR

1978 June: I. P. Leiberov, Tsebel'dinskaia nakhodka in AHR

1978 April: Maureen Perrie, The Agrarian Policy of the Russian Socialist-Revolutionary Party... in Russian Review

1976 April: P. L. Lavrov, Gody emigratsii, edited by Boris Sapir, in Russian Review

1973 March: B. S. Itenberg, Rossiia i Parizhskaia Kommuna in Slavic Review

1973 February: S. M. Sambuk, Revoliutsionnye narodniki Belorussii in AHR

1971 December: Philip Pomper, The Russian Revolutionary Intelligentsia in Slavic Review

1970 September: Andrzej Walicki, The Controversy over Capitalism in Slavic Review

1969 January-February: Gordon Wright, The Ordeal of Total War in Old Oregon


2013 May 7: International Conference "Reading in Russia. Places and manners of reading, 1760-1930" (Sponsored by the University of Milan, held at Villa Feltrinelli in Gargnano on Garda Lake, Brescia, Italy). An invited presentation, "Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening: The Full Spectrum of Organized Russian Verbal Culture in the Era of Great Reforms ". I prepared an 8000-word MS for publication in the forthcoming anthology, Reading in Russia: Literary Communication and Practices of Reading, 1760-1930, edited by Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Università degli Studi Milano

2010 November: Annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, a panel presentation on "Terror in Russian Political Culture: The Idea and the Actuality" (family illness prevented my attending)

2006 Summer: Moscow, Russia. Presented paper at the fourth international conference on "Hierarchy and Power" sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences, on pre-Soviet Russian activists and theorists of "Civil Society" and their legacy. On the basis of this presentation, I was asked to become "outside member" of a Russian PhD candidate's thesis committee (devoted to problems of contemporary "civil society" in Russia)

2004 Summer: Moscow, Russia. Presented paper at the third international conference on "Hierarchy and Power" sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences, an aggregate analysis of the political advice which Russian urban activists offered villagers in about 100 proclamations composed in the middle of the 19th century

2002 Summer: Petersburg, Russia. Presented paper at the second international conference on "Hierarchy and Power" sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences, on the peasant kabak [tavern] and emergence of a Russian "civil society "

1999 December 11: Seminar of the Zentrum für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas at the Free University of Berlin, "Geselligkeit, Öffentlichkeit und Zivilgesellschaft: Westeurope und Rußland/SU im Vergleich (19./20. Jh.)", an invited presentation on "The Village Kabak [tavern] in the History of Russian Civil Society"

1998 September: Annual Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, organized panel on "Russian Civil Society in Its Infancy" and wrote critiques of the three papers presented to the panel

1998 April 11: Fourth Annual Regional Conference of the University of Washington Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies [REECAS], chaired session titled "Economic Transitions in Russia" and presented paper, "Russia and Natural Gas in a New Era of International Commerce "

1997 June 19: "Russia and the West, and the South, and the East", for the Oregon Council for the Humanities Program "Globalization of Western Europe ", in Portland OR. The talk set two purposes: (1) to question the meaning of the word "West" and (2) to suggest that other compass points, particularly south and east, have to be taken into consideration when we try to understand Russia

1993 November: "Social Mobilization in Kharkov: National Identity and Civil Society in the Era of Great Reforms." Annual meeting of AAASS

1991 October: "Fifty Persons on a Path are not a Centipede: Aggregate Analysis of Historical Action", UO History Department Forum

1989 November: Paper on Russian Begriffsgeschichte [history of meanings] at the Chicago meeting of AAASS

1989 May: Presented an invited paper and delivered formal commentary in two other sessions at an international conference on the era of great reforms in Russia (scholars from the USA, Canada, England, and the USSR) sponsored by NEH in Philadelphia

1987 May: On the main themes of my project "To Make a Better Life...", to a seminar of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Washington, DC

1987 April: The revolutionary situation in Russia in the 1860s, three lectures, on the invitation of Nanquan Lu, Director of the institute for the study of the Soviet economy of the Chinese National Academy of the Social Sciences, the People's Republic of China, in Beijing and Shanghai

1987 February: Lecture on the origins of the first modern, underground, revolutionary organization in Russian history, "Zemlia i volia", Hokkaido University Slavic faculty seminar

1987 January: Social organizations and the mobilization of political opposition in mid-19th century Russia, a presentation before a plenum session of the semi-annual Japanese national Slavic conference, Sapporo

1986 November: The social background to Alexander Herzen's Byloe i dumy (in Russian), Hokkaido University Russian Language Seminar "Beseda "

1986 October: Early Russian revolutionary history, sponsored by a consortium of Japanese universities, in Kyoto and Tokyo

1986 July: "M. V. Nechkina: The Search for a Usable History", UO Intensive Summer Workshop in Chinese and Russian

1986 March: "Is the Soviet Union Reformable?", Far West Slavic Conference of the AAASS, Portland OR

1985 July: "Did the Revolutionary Organization 'Land and Liberty' Exist? The Saratov Perspective, 1859-1863", University of Illinois

1985 May: "The Soviet Defeat of Nazi Germany: The Search for a Usable History", a presentation to the REESC Symposium "Forty Years after V-E Day "

1984 August: Russian revolutionists, panel chairman and discussant, West Coast Branch, American Historical Association (AHA), Seattle

1982 November: "The Steam Engine and Utopia; Another Route to the Finland Station", keynote address before the annual meeting of the Central States Slavic Conference in Lawrence, KS

Over the years I made presentations, organized, chaired, and delivered critiques at yet a dozen other panels at national scholarly meetings. For example:

1994 November: Chaired session of "Bolshevization in the 1920s", annual meeting of AAASS

1992 and 1993 November: Panel participant on Teaching Russian Culture through Non-written Texts, annual meeting, AAASS

1991 November: Chaired joint USA-USSR session, annual meeting, AAASS

1979 August: "The Literary Fund and the Revolutionary Situation of 1859-1862", Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA

1978 December: "Crime and Revolt in the Era of Great Reforms in Russia, 1856-1869", annual meeting of the AHA

1978 February: "Women and Russian Social Movements", Western Slavic Association

1975 May: "Exile as a theme of Modern Russian History", Midwest Slavic Conference

1973 January: "Arkhivnye fondy i vozmozhnosti issledovaniia v Amsterdamskom mezhdunarodnom institute dlia obshchestvennoi istorii", a report to the Institute of History, Soviet Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR

1970 November: The political views of the poet Fedor Tiutchev, Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Language and Literature

1970 April: The Paris Commune and Lenin, Far West Slavic Conference

1969 August: European sources of Russian revolutionary populism, West Coast Meeting of the AHA

1968 November: Peter Lavrov's historical views, Bi-State Slavic Conference (Missouri-Kansas)

1967 August: World War One and the Russian Revolution, West Coast Meeting of the AHA

1963 April: Peter Lavrov's political ideology, Far West Slavic Conference


I view public presentations as pedagogical "outreach" and associate it with a wide mission to teach my specialty not just in the classroom but in the public realm. I try to limit the number of acceptances of invitations to make public presentations, but do make a few every year. For example:

2017 October: University of Oregon Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (more than 60 in attendance), a talk augmented with internet projection, on the long-term historical meaning and significance of the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917 (an exploration of "the long duration ")

2009 Fall: Participated in a REESC/KNIGHT-LIBRARY presentation on Russian jazz and "blues", exploring the question of pop-arts and identity politics

2007 Spring: UO Schnitzer Museum of Art hosted a public symposium in which I made an illustrated presentation on "Russian Ways of Seeing: Sacred and Secular", devoted to the mosaics, paintings, tiles, sculpture and other decorative features of the fabled Moscow METRO, the Circle Line, related to long-term trends of Russian art, not ignoring holy icons (such as are on display at the Schnitzer)

2006 April: University of Oregon Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a talk with internet projection, on the connections between life and work for American scholars in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia

2005 Spring: Three Town-Gown presentations (sponsored by UO REESC) on the topic "Russian History through Film", the first on Igor Talankin's "Tschaikovsky", the second on Vladimir Petrov's "Peter the First", and the third on Klimov's "Agony: Rasputin ". My website KIMBALL FILES posts two long narratives about the Petrov and Klimov films

2005 January: "Peter Tchaikovsky and the Russian Golden Age", a series of presentations on the invitation of the Eugene OR Symphony Orchestra and the Hult Center, in connection with their Tchaikovsky festival

2000 April 11: "Vladimir Putin: A New Direction for Russia?", a presentation to the "Learning in Retirement" program in Eugene

2000 March 9: Presentation on the Stroganov family at the Portland Art Museum

1999 November 18: "Anarchism", a presentation to the Fortnightly Club of Eugene

1999 May 25: "Long-Term Consequences of the Kosovo Conflict", for a special Oregon State University "town-gown" course titled "Kosovo: The Crisis in Perspective "

1994-1998: Academic consultant to the Eugene-area OASIS program (an adult learning program sponsored locally by Meier & Frank and McKenzie/Willamette Hospital). Designed program on "Emerging Russia", a series of ten lecture/discussions presented to 40 registrants. I delivered lectures in the program in Eugene and also in Portland

1997 November 12: "Russia and its Immediate Future", for the UO Retired Professors Association. The subtitle could be "Beyond the four little islands" because the lecture looked at the history of the Russian petroleum and natural gas industries in the world market, and it ventured a speculation or two about the central agenda of the recent Russian/Japanese summit meeting

1997 July 5: "James Madison's Universal Doctrine of Factions and the Prospects for Democracy in Russia", a radio address over station KAW FM in Lawrence, KS

1997 May 16: "Are Russians Ready for Democracy", University of Oregon Learning in Retirement Program

1997 February 4: "NATO Expansion Bodes Ill for Democracy", "Great Decisions" lecture series of the World Affairs Council of Oregon in Portland

1994 Spring: Co-organizer of international town-gown symposium "Culture and Revolution: Russian Civilization Before, During and After the Soviet Era", involving noted Russian and American scholars and built around the presence on the UO campus of the great Russian writer Andrei Sinyavsky

1993 September: "Rulers and Their Subjects: Yesterday and Today", for the UO Learning in Retirement Program, an examination of the Russian statist tradition of which Boris Yeltsin's toying with constitutionalism was a reflection

1993 March: "Great Decisions", sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lane County (Sue Girardeau), Eugene. This is an annual presentation

1992 October 9: "Reflections on Europe, East and West", with Roger Chickering and George Sheridan, for the UO Department of History "Friday Forum "

1992 October 8: "Is There a Civil Society in Russia?", a presentation on life and research in Petersburg, Russia, to the UO Geography Department Seminar

1991 August: Two invited public presentations on the "Fools' Coup" in the USSR

1991 April 18: "Is the Cold War Really Over?" On the invitation of the Fortnightly Club of Eugene

1990 October 23: Presentation on "Perestroika" as part of a symposium sponsored by the Humanities Center and the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

1990 May 16: "USA-USSR: Is the Cold War Over?" Sponsored by the University Forum and the Beaverton City Library, Beaverton OR

1989 April: "Perestroika", Willamette World Affairs Council, Eugene OR

1988 April: Associate planner and director of a week-long public symposium, "The Millennium: Christianity and Russia (A.D. 988-1988)", sponsored by REESC and a score of other university and public agencies, involving two dozen lectures, a dozen films, three choirs, and two exhibits in the Art Museum. Moderated key-note session, seven lectures, and two concerts. Co-authored successful grant application to OCH. Created a special UO Foundation account and raised funds by means of a series of public presentations which financed two performances of the Kyril-Methodios Ensemble from Philadelphia. The book on the Millennium mentioned above grew out of this symposium

1987 October: "Ten Days that Shook the World: Is it History?" at a public symposium titled "John Reed: A Centenary Symposium "

1987 August: Four workshops on the integration of writing with the liberal arts curriculum and on the use of computers in the writing of history, George Fox College, Newberg OR

1986 May: "USA-USSR: As Others See Us", address to the annual banquet of the United Nations Association, Salem OR

1986 February: "Peter the Great: Image and Reality", a public forum sponsored by REESC

1985 November: "Understanding the Soviets in a time of Summitry", University Womens Association, Salem OR

1985 April: "Man's Fate", opening remarks at UO Symposium on the end of World War Two

1985 March: Mikhail Gorbachev's accession to top leadership, 15-minute discussion on television station KEZI

1985 February: "Problems of Political Succession in the USSR", Willamette World Affairs Council

1985-86: Soviet Speakers Bureau of the Committee for National Security (Washington, DC; Paul C. Warnke, Chairman), in cooperation with the Harriman Institute at Columbia University

1984 November: Chautauqua program, regional meeting of the Oregon Council for the Humanities (OCH), Portland OR

1984 November: Two presentations, "Writing with the Computer" and "Writing and History", Annual meeting of PNWC, Seattle WA

1984 July: "USA-USSR: Toward a Mutual Frontier", Chautauqua program, Portland OR

1984 May: Chairman and continuous commentator, regional conference, "USSR-USA", sponsored by the Willamette World Affairs Council, Eugene OR

1984 January: George Orwell and the Soviet Union, Symposium on Utopia, Eugene OR

1983 October: "A Short History of US-Soviet Relations", Willamette University

1983 October: Keynote address and workshop at the regional conference "What About the Russians?", Boise ID

1983 April: Keynote address before the annual meeting of the Western Regional Honors Council, "The Place of Honors in Publicly Financed Higher Education "

1983 April: "Looking at Other Cultures; a Humanist Perspective on Russia and the USSR", at a conference titled "What About the Russians?" held at Linn-Benton Community College and, again, at Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

1982 December-1983, March: Program design for the integration of writing with the whole liberal-arts curriculum, particularly history, presented to:
Annual convention of the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE), Washington, DC (March 1983)
Annual convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Los Angeles (December 1982)
Pacific Northwest Higher Education Forum, a regional meeting of AAHE, Seattle (November 1982)
PNWC annual conference, Tacoma (October 1982)
NCHC annual convention, Albuquerque (October 1982)

1982 November: "The Soviet Union after Brezhnev", South Lane Forum, then REESC

1982 June: "The Place of Honors in Publicly Financed Higher Education", presentation to UO Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma honorary societies

1981 Fall: "The US and the USSR", address to the meeting of the Great Decisions Program, Eugene OR

1980-1985: "A Professor's View of the University", presented twice to parents attending UO Early Orientation and Registration Program

1981 January: "What is Humanism?" a presentation to the state-wide conference on the humanities sponsored by OCH, the League of Women Voters, and the Oregon State Parent-Teachers Association

1979 December: "International Education and Foreign Language Training", annual conference of the National Social Science Council; authored report on that topic, submitted to the President's Commission on International Education and Foreign Language Training

1979 November: Helped organize and participated in a conference, titled "Liberal Arts Close-Up", that brought together university faculty and high school advanced-placement, gifted-and-talented, and other honors teachers

1978 February: "Reflections on a Year Spent in the Soviet Union", Portland Community World Affairs Council

1978-1984: NCHC and WRHC, papers presented to annual meetings (1980-82) on pre-medical education, the concept of honors in institutions of higher learning, and the integration of writing with the whole liberal-arts curriculum
Member, NCHC foreign semesters committee (1980-84)

1977 December: "The Folded Receipt at OR GPB; a Personal Account", REESC Seminar

1976 November 7: "The Origins of the Russian Revolutions", an observance of the anniversary of the Russian Revolution sponsored by the American Embassy, Moscow, USSR

1976 May: Formal public debate on Detente, with Richard Pipes, Professor of Russian History at Harvard University (later, foreign policy and defense adviser to the Pentagon and US Department of State in the Reagan administration), sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Conference, Lewis and Clark College. By 1980 it was clear that I had lost the debate

1976 May: Commentator (and member of organizing committee), UO Northwestern Regional Conference on International Education (a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Fulbright-Hays program)

1976 February: "Andrei Sakharov and the Traditions of the Russian Intelligentsia", REESC Symposium

1975 February: "Who Will Rule Next? The Problem of Political Succession in the Soviet Union", UO History Department Seminar

1975 February: "Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the Intelligentsia Tradition", REESC Symposium

1974 January: "The Steam Engine and Utopia; Another Route to the Finland Station", UO History Graduate Seminar


Current: I redesigned all lecture courses in order to introduce use of journals for library research, internet readings, course essays, and exams, all coordinated with my monster website, A Student's Annotated Chronology and Systematic Bibliography [SAC; see above under "Pedagogical Publications"]

2017 Spring: I helped design and co-teach with Professor Andrew Gobel and Courtesy Professor Tom Allsen a colloquium on Mongols in world history

2016 Winter: Third sojourn by invitation to teach at the International University in Abu Dhabi. In cooperation with Bob Berdahl, we designed a syllabus on the comparative modern history of war and revolution. Arranged an excursion to Yerevan, Armenia

2015 Winter: Second sojourn by invitation to teach at the International University in Abu Dhabi. In cooperation with Bob Berdahl, we designed a syllabus on WW1, introducing notions of broader chronology (1912-1922) and emphasis on the original and the final front of the war, "The Southern Front" [AfroAsia, centered on the lands of the dying Ottoman Empire, an expanded "Near East" or "Middle East "]. Arranged an excursion to Istanbul and Gallipoli

2014 Winter: Building on the new course design described just below and working in partnership with Professor Bob Berdahl, we presented a course on "Energy and Politics: A Focused World History, 1800-2000" at the International University in Abu Dhabi, in association with the New York University international university extension. Two events amazed all concerned = The Abu Dhabi Minister of Energy and Water joined the class, and we persuaded Aramco of Saudi Arabia to host our class on a study visit

2013 Fall: On the basis of a preliminary presentation at a regional academic conference in 1996 and subsequent maintenance of a growing datafile on the topic, I created, designed and delivered a World History topics course on the history of energy and global politics

2011 Winter: Returning from medical leave (a complex process mediated so well by my history chairman, Professor John McCole), I helped design and co-teach a graduate colloquium on Mongols in world history. It is gratifying how many graduate-student research projects grew out of that colloquium

2006 and 2008 Spring: Taught HIST 103 Western Civilization with a new syllabus, integrated with my internet file "A Student's Annotated Chronology and Systematic Bibliography ". I worked with McGraw-Hill to create an edition of their textbook that fit the unique syllabus of just this course
2002-2004: Recipient of Rippey Foundation Grant to create "College Connection" Freshman Interest Group course, REES 199, joining two group-satisfying courses, RUSS 204 (Introduction to Russian Literature) and HIST 245 (Russian, America and the World) in the study of "Cultural Frontiers "
1999-2001: Joined my course HIST 245 to a specially funded "Pathway project" which created an integrated sequence of general education or "group-satisfying" courses at UO
1997 Fall: Initiated with James Buch, UO Dean of Admissions, a re-evaluation of credit offered to those who successfully complete the District 4J International High School program and who score well on the International Baccalaureate Examination. I served as outside adviser to IH students working on their degree projects
1995-1996: Linked my group-satisfying course "USA/USSR: Shared Histories" with "Introduction to Russian Literature" under the auspices of the Academic Advising Office "Freshman Interest Groups Program "
1994-1998: Created a series of satellite courses to my History of Russia sequence. With Oleg Kripkov's teaching assistance, a small number of students with Russian were able to read primary sources related to the course in the original language
1994-1995: Served as an academic adviser to Robert T. Willner, Executive Director, Oregon International Council, Salem, OR
1994 May: Guest lecture on Panslavism and Slavophilism in relationship to the idea of Europe for the special course on the Idea of Europe organized by the Committee for European Studies
1994 January: Guest lecturer, "International Animation: Artists and Ideas ", a course by Kenneth O'Connell, Head, Department of Fine and Applied Arts
1987 Summer: Co-taught interdisciplinary NEH Summer Institute for high school teachers, on Russian literature and history
1985: Designed and taught an experimental course "Writing History with the Computer"
1984-1985: Participant in the World Histories Planning Group and later helped teach the course on its first shake-down cruise
1982 Fall: Helped teach International Studies core course on world cultures
1981 Fall: Introduced primary document research in 400-level history course, using US National Archives microfilm
1978: Designed and taught new Honors College Senior Research Seminar
1975-1997: The Slavic World (more recently titled "Slavic Civilization "), a course taught jointly by staff of REESC for twenty-two years. I created the course, administered it the first two years, and annually delivered a portion of the lectures
1972 and 1973: Taught joint, interdisciplinary seminars with James Rice and Albert Leong, members of the Russian literature department, on the Russian peasantry ("image and reality") and the "Silver Age" of Russian culture
1969 Spring: Helped plan, organize, and teach a special interdisciplinary seminar on national consciousness in Eastern Europe, offered by REESC
1969 Spring: Experimented with televised lectures in History of Western Civilization, preparing seven 50-minute video taped lectures employing sound tape, film footage, some 1000 slides, and other devices. See my report to the History Department, "The Use of Televised lectures in the History of Western Civilization in the Spring of 1969" (15 December 1969)

Undergraduate advising:
Adviser to History Department, Honors College and International Studies senior thesis projects. Also research adviser to the REESC Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Program (since 1975; co-designed the Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Programs and saw them through the OSSHE (OUS) review and approval process)

2012-2013: History Department Senior Thesis Committee of Natalia McDonald on Bashkirs in the USSR
2012-2013: Adviser to History Dpt. Honors College Thesis of Brian O'Donnell on Russian/Chinese interactions in the time of the "Golden Horde" (13th-14th centuries)
2012 Fall: Adviser and "reading-and-conference" director to marginal student Thomas Diamond who was able to bring his grade-point up to minimal dpt standards so that he graduated
2012 Fall: Adviser to Ryan Gray in a series of meetings about history as a graduate career
2012: Adviser to Catharine Roner-Reiter (recipient of the History Department "Faculty Recognition Award" -- the department's highest award) in a series of meetings on "history as a profession "
2011-2012: Adviser to History Dpt. Honors Thesis of Jon Gooley
2011-2012: Adviser to undergraduate Fulbright recipient Beshara Kehdi
2011-2012: Adviser to History Dpt Honors Thesis of Jessica Jones on "Eurasianism "
2011-2012: Adviser to Honors College Senior Thesis of Lucas Norris, "Peasant Perceived Interests and Peasant Political Representation in the First Tsarist Duma "
2008-2009: Adviser to Honors College Senior Thesis of Mauri N. Lowery
2007-2008: Adviser to Honors College and History Honors Thesis of Taylor Gooch on the political career of the Russian historian Pavel Miliukov
2005-2006: Adviser to History Honors Thesis by Douglas Manary on the successes and failures of Russian revolutionary terrorism, 1876-1905

2005-2006: Member of Honors College Senior Thesis Committee of Nick Dolja

2002-2003: Adviser to Honors College Senior Theses of Rachel Koroloff (on Krasheninikov's Kamchatka Expedition and scientific culture) and Katharine Trojan (on Catherine the Great's Nakaz)

2001-2002: One of two History Department advisers to REESC BA candidate Dana Ponte who was nominated by UO for the Marshall Scholarship and named one of the "Oregon Six", Phi Beta Kappa's list of the six best undergraduates at UO

2000-2001:Senior thesis adviser to Raluca Negru (elected to UO "Oregon Six" of Phi Beta Kappa). The thesis concentrated on the primary documentation related to the life of the infamous Romanian prince Vlad Tepes. After graduation she took up graduate study in France

1997-1998: Member of Amy Timshell's honors thesis committee.
Directed REESC internship of Lisa Morten with Mobility International. Adviser to 12 REESC Certificate candidates
1997 February 14: Directed Senior Thesis of Naomi Meier-Trapp, "Female Images in Russian Propaganda Posters, 1917-1932"

1996-1997: Adviser to senior projects =
Sandra Tommasini (the long duration of Balkan crises)
Mary Tabar (USSR and the Congo)
Donald Davis (Russian history website)
Directed Amy Heyden's Honors College Senior Thesis (Mobilization of women in the era of perestroika)
Erica Weidner's International Studies Honors Thesis (USA and the 1956 Hungarian revolt)
Adviser to 14 REESC Certificate candidates=
Amy Heyden was awarded a fellowship to spend a part of the academic year in Moscow, then went into graduate studies in history and law

1995-1996: Adviser to James Johnston's honors thesis in History (New Deal in USA and Soviet economy) and to eight REESC Certificate candidates

1994-1995: Member of Jeff Bullock's Honors College thesis committee

1993-1994: Adviser to Erika Ribanszky (Top leadership in new era of Russian politics)
Micol Hutchison (Propaganda posters)
Anthony Grzebik (NEP and perestroika) Honors theses
Ribanszky and Grzebik entered graduate programs

1992-1993: Adviser to Debrah Mundorff's and Jennifer Greenlick's History Honors program, and to Naomi Meier-Trapp Honors College Thesis in International Studies.

1991-1992: Adviser to one Honors College Senior Thesis and one International Studies Honors Thesis=
Herbert Hawley studied in Petersburg, Russia, for one year
Tracy Naber received sequential full fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh to finish her MA in International Studies then complete a degree in international law
Adviser to five students in the REESC Certificate Program

1990-1991: Adviser to two Honors College Senior Theses and one International Studies Undergraduate Honors Thesis; all of these entered post-graduate degree programs, fall 1991=
Elaine Conkievich (one of the Oregon Six in Phi Beta Kappa) took a fellowship in the American University International Relations and Foreign Service program in Washington, DC

1989-1992: Adviser to 2-4 students per year in Duncan McDonald's Information Gathering class in the School of Journalism, as they prepared professional school admission reports on current developments in Russia

1987-1988: Directed the history honors thesis of Bonita Gilbert

1985-1986: Directed two Honors College theses
Astrida Orle and Peter Kalnin both entered graduate programs in history at the University of Chicago)

Individual reading and conference:
Until recently, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, several students every year requested individualized reading and conference courses, on average two or three every term in addition to the special courses offered to thesis advisees and my own graduate advisees
Recent examples=
2002-2003: History Department and REESC graduate student colloquium
2001-2002: History Department and REESC graduate student R&C
1997-1998: Kimloan Hill (Vietnam)
1995-1996: Brett Walker (Japanese) and Gretchen Adams-Bond (US)

Graduate advising
History Department and REESC

Modern Russian history at MA and PhD levels. Since coming to Oregon I have been the main adviser in the granting of nearly 30 graduate degrees

All four history PhDs who completed their degrees under my direction hold academic appointments
All but one of my MAs are teaching either in higher or specialized secondary educational institutions

2011-2013: Member of REESC MA degree committees of Roman Alexander and Miriam Lipton

2011-2012: Adviser to History Department MA candidate (Latin American history) Josh Fitzgerald as he prepared an article-length MS on the Mongol drink Kumis (fermented mares milk)

2008-2010: Adviser to History Department MA candidate Scott Anderson
2005-2010: Committee member, History Department PhD candidate Aleksandr Kashirin
2007-2009: Committee member, REESC MA candidate Kathryn Dooley
2007-2009: Committee member, REESC MA candidate Polina Yemelianova
2004-2008: Committee member, REESC MA candidate Alayne Switzer
2004-2006: Adviser to REESC MA candidate Dmitrii Venkov
2004-2006: Committee member, REESC MA candidate Konstantin Avramov
2003-2005: Adviser to REESC MA candidate Alexander Kashirin
2002-2005: Adviser to History Department MA candidate Jackie Shelton
2001-2003: Committee member, REESC MA candidate Julia Earnest

2001-2002: For two years running, applicants to MA program in Russian History were selected by History Graduate Committee and UO Graduate School to receive recruitment grants

2001-2002: Graduate adviser to Matthew Derrick, REESC MA candidate, who received an International Research and Exchanges Board fellowship for study in Russia and the Former Soviet Union, 2002-2003. He also received a National Security Education Act Fellowship to continue his studies a second year. Derrick is only the second student at UO to receive the nationally competitive IREX grant (my PhD student Roxanne Easley was the first). In an unusual move, both funding agencies agreed to allow Mr Derrick to accept both awards over a two-year period

2001: Committee member, History Department MA candidate David Cecil
1998-2004: Co-adviser to History Department PhD student Asye Bilgic

1994-1999: Main adviser to Russell Grimley MA thesis in the Joint Russian Department/REESC MA/Graduate Certificate Program (a Program which James Rice and I designed in consultation with UO colleagues and the US Department of Defense Language Institute in Monterey CA and its Foreign Area Officer Program). Grimley subsequently served in the White House at the famous "Hot Line" to Moscow

1996-1998: Graduate adviser to Marilyn Curtis in the Education School. She became a senior teacher in the School District 4J "International High School" and Director of the District 4J "International Baccalaureate" program

1995-2004: As REESC Director for nine years I oversaw the REESC MA program and its Graduate Certificate program. I was a member of every graduate committee and occasionally served as individual graduate adviser

1993-1997: Director of Roxanne Easley's PhD dissertation on the Russian "Peace Arbitrator" in the Era of Great Reforms. Easley is currently Professor of Russian History at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. She was one of three UO graduate students awarded the 1996 Doctoral Research Fellowship to support the writing of her dissertation. In 1993-94, Easley was selected to teach in the Honors College. She was the first UO student to be awarded an IREX grant to study in Russia, 1994-95. 2001-2002 she was selected "teacher of the year" at Central Washington University

1994-1996: James Seaman completed his MA in Russian History under my direction (writing his thesis on Bukharin's efforts to defend himself in the great purge trials). He went on to the PhD program at UC Riverside, working under the direction of J. Arch Getty.

1992-1995: Directed David Crabtree's PhD Dissertation (on the serf-born Censor Aleksandr Nikitenko); Crabtree was awarded a UO Graduate School fellowship that allowed him to study in Saint Petersburg in the summer of 1993. He subseqently founded and served as the first President of Guttenberg College, a private institution of higher learning in Eugene

1993: Member, Daryl Helmer MA thesis committee in History
1992-1993: Director of four History Department graduate programs: 2 PhDs and 2 MAs. Philip Robinson finished his MA and went on to the PhD program at Georgetown University with a fellowship, working under the direction of Richard Stites and David Goldfrank

1991-1992: Director of six graduate programs in Russia history (2 PhD & 4 MA; these six represented ca. 10% of all active students in the history department graduate program). With the help of George Sheridan, arranged to admit an MA student from the Soviet Union, Phillipe Kouzmine. Two MAs completed their theses under my direction:
Aaron Cohen went on to complete his PhD at Johns Hopkins with a full research fellowship, working under the direction of Jeffrey Brooks. Cohen is currently Professor of History at California State University in Sacramento
Bonita Gilbert moved to Colorado where I arranged for her to complete her MA degree in absentia. She received a teaching job at the University of Denver.

1990-1991: Directed the study programs of five graduate students in Russian history. Three others took Russian history as a secondary graduate field. Chaired the exam committees for three MA exams in Russian history. Two MAs finished their theses under my direction and received their MA degree:
Dolores Davison took a GTF position in the PhD program at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, working with James Cracraft, and then she taught Russian history at Foothills Community College near Palo Alto, CA
Roxanne Easley entered the UO PhD program, working under my direction

Prior to 1990, directed two PhD Theses in Russian history
Professor William Brennan, University of the Pacific, and
Professor Catherine Clay, Shippensburg College
Directed six masters degrees in Russian history

2011 Fall: Served as informal adviser to Boston University MA project of ex-undergraduate student Vincent Shiau

Over the years I served on graduate degree committees in other academic departments, e.g., Sociology, Political Science, International Studies, Music School, Film Studies, Education, Linguistics, and English =
2006-2008: Outside committee member, Sociology Department PhD program of Mikhail Balaev
2004-2005: Outside committee member, Music School PhD recipient David Castro
2004-2005: Outside committee member, Political Science Department PhD recipient Lada Dunbar
2003-2004: Outside committee member, Sociology Department PhD recipient Leontina Hormel
2001: Member, Barry Bilderback's PhD Committee in the School of Music
I advised Barry as he secured a nationally competitive scholarship for summer, 1999, research in Russia
1998-1999: Outside committee member, School of Journalism MA recipient Daniela Vesellinova Dimitrova
1995-1997: Outside committee member, School of Journalism MA recipient Dan Collins (thesis on newspaper accounts of a significant ecological dispute in the Leningrad region of Russia)
1993-1996: Committee member, International Studies Program MA recipient Chuck Webb
1978: Outside committee member (with Laverne Krause, Ralph Baker, David Foster, and Ken Paul), School of Architecture and Allied Arts MFA recipient Mary Lynn McCorkle

An additional pedagogical endeavor is the writing of letters of recommendation. I consider advice on post-Oregon education and employment a formal part of my work with students. No part of this is more important than the letters of recommendation that I compose and send (often to many more addresses than one) every year. Success is largely a result of the students' own endeavors, but I also take some pride in the success rate of students I am able to recommend with enthusiasm. Most recently, I am pleased at the post-degree success of Tracy Naber, Matt Bryant, Raluca Negru, Sarah Bosch, and Todd Ratshin in law and other professional endeavors.


Member: American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) since 1961; served variously on national committees (Member Institutions and national membership). At various times also maintained membership in AHA

Member: Western Slavic Conference (since 1961)

2016 February 26: Invited to join editorial board ofGutenberg International Journal of History
2016 February 5: Adviser on historical terminology in MS novelic account of Max Weber in Oklahoma
2006-2007: Reviewed three research projects submitted to the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS (Washington, DC)
2002 April 27: Helped organize and chaired sessions at the joint University of Washington Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Center/University of Oregon Russian and East European Studies Center conference "Ten Years After the Soviet Union", Eugene OR
1998 Fall: Invited to United States Naval Academy as member of History Department Review Committee
1997 April 12, in Eugene OR, organized (with Bill Husband, OSU) the sixth semiannual seminar of NWS (about 80 members from British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon; ca. two dozen attended the day-long session). Two of the three papers presented were by young scholars who received graduate training under my direction at UO, Roxanne Easley and Aaron Cohen

1985 November: Consultant to Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, on a wide range of curricular changes, the composition program and honors committee; they introduced major reforms based in part on my recommendations

1985 May: Invited testimony on behalf of Oregon Committee for the Humanities [OCH] presented to the Oregon Legislative Committee on Appropriations in Salem
1983-1986: Consultant to OCH
1981-1982: Consultant, Manchurian Photo Exhibition Project, sponsored by the Northwest Regional China Council
1965-1969: Assistant Editor of the Europe Printing "Russian Reprint Series"

Over the years I served many times as editorial referee and consultant. E. g., to the following publishers =
A. A. Knopf, Addison-Wesley, Scribners, Mouton, and university presses (Rutgers, Washington , Johns Hopkins; and to the following journals: Slavic Review, Russian Review, JGO


2015 April: Worked with UO Slavic Librarian Heghine Hakobian to purchase "The great Cambridge Archive Editions" series titled "Soviet Union Political Reports". The collection covers more than its title suggests, including the five-plus years before the formal political-institutional creation of the USSR. These were the final critical years of World War One, the revolutions of 1917, and Allied intervention in the Russian Revolutionary Civil War

2015 March: UO European Studies Director invited me to participate in a small panel discussion of contemporary problems assocated with nationalism. I concentrated on the contemporary Ukrainean crisis

2013 Spring: Applied for (and was granted) a large UO Library's Greenfield Fund award (with help and support from Professor Julie Hessler and Slavic Librarian Heghine Hakobyan). The purpose was to purchase several thousand dollars worth of the digitized Stalin Archive (ca. 400,000 documents) in aid of faculty and graduate/undergraduate research for some time to come

2012 Summer: At the invitation of Nicholas Kristof, I selected a central portion of Ladis Kristof's 30,000-volume library and transported 20+ boxes of those choices from Yamhill to the UO Knight Library, working closely with UO Slavic Bibliographer Heghine Hakobyan

2012 May 21: Gave a day to advising new and transferring students for the University of Oregon Orientation Program

2012 April: Member of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Center [REEES] 6-year faculty review committee

2012 Spring: Recruited to play the role of Emperor Nicholas I in REEES's Russian-language play. Flattered by this, I was nonetheless forced to decline because of schedule conflicts

2012 Winter and Spring: Marginal participant in the effort to indentify and name an interim President at UO. Delegated by Senate Executive Committee to speak to various figures in this connection

2012 Winter: Became engaged through state-wide meetings and written analyses in the Oregon Governor's Oregon Education Investment Board project

2011 Fall: Marginal involvement (interviews and some written commentary) in the preparations for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UO Honors College

2011: Served as a consultant to a UO Foundation project in St.Petersburg, Russia, at the Hermitage Museum

2009 Spring: Worked with UO Slavic Librarian Heghine Hakobyan to identify and prioritize the 130 or so titles held in KNIGHT LIBRARY in microform in preparation for proper cataloging and in some cases digitalization

2008 Winter: Worked with Heghine Hakobyan to fill the gaps in KNIGHT holdings of Vestnik Evropy, Pravda, and Vpered! with a grant from the Greenfield Fund

2007 April: At the request of the UO Office of International Education, I reviewed and submitted detailed reports on both of the East-European centered international study-abroad programs in which UO participates (CIEE and ACTR)

2007 February: Reviewed individual scholars' applications for the American Council for International Education Title VIII Programs

2006-2008: Appointed to 2-year term on UO College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee

2006 Winter: REESC graduate admissions and GTF appointment committee

2000-2005: Member, UO Schnitzer Museum of Art "Russian Art Gallery Advisory Committee"

2001-2002: Appointed, UO Rhodes/Marshall Nomination Committee

1998-2004: Member, Executive Board of UO International Programs Council, the executive council of the Oregon Consortium of International and Area Studies [OCIAS]

1997-1999: Appointed, UO International Studies Executive Committee. As a member of this committee in 1979-81, I co-authored the degree program now in effect. Served on university-wide Committee on International Studies (1989-91) and Advisory Committee on International Affairs to aid President Myles Brand in the process of planning in that area (1989)

1995-1999: Member, International Affairs Advisory Council. 1998 February: appointed to the President's action committee or task force to implement changes in international studies at UO

1996: Invited to participate in a tenure and promotion process in the Russian field at Oregon State University

1995: Aided the Office of International Education in the selection process for study abroad with the support of the National Security Education Program. A REESC student Melissa Myers was selected for study in Russia

1995 October: Delivered lecture to UO alumni gathered together for an academic supplement to usual home-coming festivities, organized by David Begun of the CAS Endowment Office

1994-1995:Member, Carlton Raymond and Wilberta Ripley Savage Professorship in International Relations and Peace Committee

1990-1995: Search Committee for Lindholm Endowed Professorship in Russian Literature, Language and Culture

1994 Spring: Appointed by Dean Risa Palm to the College of Arts and Sciences Department Heads Committee on "Budget Cuts"

1993 and 1994: Honors College History Search Committees

1992-1995: Appointed to the UO Senate Budget (Measure-5 crisis) Committee. In this connection, participated in several faculty "retreats" and "advances", and was appointed to several related committees, e.g., the Recommendation Team for Administrative Cuts and the Board Administrative Review Committee (BARC)

1992-1993: Appointed, Yamada Foreign Language Center Executive Committee

1991-1993: Elected to Inter-institutional Faculty Senate [IFS] of the Oregon State System of Higher Education. Appointed to IFS Committee to evaluate Oregon State System of Higher Education Chancellor Thomas Bartlett (1992 Spring)

1991-1992: Elected to UO Ersted Distinguished Teaching Award Committee

1991-1992: Appointed to UO Humanities Center Curriculum Review Panel

1991 Fall: Participated in Oregon Secretary of State Performance Audit in the Department of Higher Education

1989-1992: Elected to three-person UO Faculty Grievance Appeal Committee

1990: Appointed chair, Provost's committee to review the UO Librarian

1980-1982: UO Off-campus Scholarships and Grants Committee (Fulbright program)

1979 Summer-Fall: Delegate, accompanying the Dean of the UO College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to Lily Foundation summer workshop on higher education and co-authored report to the College on non-departmental programs

1977-1982: Served as referee, on request, for UO Office of Scientific and Scholarly Research

1967-1971: Chairman (1970-71), UO Committee on the Curriculum; member of College Course Committee (1968-69), and Ad Hoc Committee on Curricular Change


2015 April 19: Consulted with Professor Bob Haskett about the medieval Russian publication Domostroi for possible comparison with the indigenous Latin American text Huehuetlatolli

1993-2014 (21 years): Chair, History Department Travel Committee. I'm happy that, even in sparce budgetary years, I never failed to find some amount of fiscal support for all requests to fund academic travel that fell within committee guidelines

2014 Spring: Elected to History Department Post-Tenure Review Committee
2012 October: Reviewed and recomposed Travel Committee Guidelines, Procedures and Application form
2012 Summer: Facilitated the Courtesy Appointment of Professor Tom Allsen
2012 June 1: Served as commentator on academic papers presented at the History Graduate Student Conference
2011-2012: Undergraduate Adviser (during Professor Haskett's leave)
2008-2009: Member, History Department Graduate Program Advisory Committee
2006 Spring: Served as consultant and text editor for the UO internet map project in connection with their historical map of the USSR
2001-2002: Chair, History Department Promotion and Tenure Committee
2000-2001: Member of four search committees, one in History, one in REESC, and two in Comparative Literature
1999-2000: Chair, History Department Promotion and Tenure Committee
1999-2000: History Department Graduate Studies Committee (1994-95, 1997-98 also)
1999-2000: History Department Curriculum Committee
1997: Chair, History Department committee to search, interview and recommend a History Department Office Manager
Earlier membership in a score or more search committees, chairmanship of departmental Library Committee, etc. E.g. =
1993: Chair, Search Committee for tenure-track Modern European historian
1992 Winter-Spring: Attended UO College of Arts and Sciences [CAS] Department-heads meetings for UO History Department
1991-1992: Elected to History Advisory Committee (also in 1970-71, 1974-75, and 1975-76)
1990-1992: Graduate Studies Committee
1990 Winter: History/CAPS joint search committee in Japanese history
1987-1989: Chairman, Early Russian history search committee
1984-1985: Assistant History-Department Chair


Currently (since 1999): Compose and maintain a Piedmont OK historical website
Currently (since 2006): Compose and maintain Derby KS historical high-school website
2015 April 13: Eugene OR Cascade Manor Speaker Program invitation to make a presentation on the WW1 "Southern Front"
2014 Fall: Oregon State University's Academy for Lifelong Learning, in Corvallis, invited me to participate in a 10-class course on Russia. I took the session on the 2013+ Ukrainian crisis

2012jy13: Honored at the Oregon Country Fair [OCF] by a showing (before an audience of ca. 2000) of my documentary movie "Renaissance Faire", devoted to the first two years of that event, 1969-1970. On request, I granted the original film to the OCF Archive
2013jy09:City of Veneta invited me to a town gathering to view and discuss my film

2006-2007: Served as adviser to a project to translate the Russian-language memoirs of Dr. Moshe Wolf, an émigré from Russia and long-time resident of Portland OR. The noted translator Judson Rosengrant agreed to translate

2003 Winter and Spring: Performed roles in public stagings of two REESC-produced and Julia-Nemirovskaya-directed plays =
  "God" in "Adams and Eves", and Starodum in "Nedorosl'"

2001: Adviser to planning and construction of Russian Room and Soviet Walk at "World Famous Chilkoot Charlie's", Anchorage AK

2000-2001: Advised Eugene School District 4j International High School student Melinda Russial

2000: Adviser to Anchorage AK Museum of History and Art exhibit "Science Under Sail -- Russia's Great Voyages to America, 1728-1867"

1998-1999: Member of the Board of Directors of the historic Collier House

1989 January: Took one of three parts in a formal public reading of Henry Alley's novel Umbrella of Glass sponsored by the Lane Literary Guild in the Wilder Room of the Eugene Hilton

1982-1994: Member, Eugene/UO NGO "Round Table". Active participant in the failed movement to admit women to membership. That movement succeeded eventually

1981-1986: Rebuilt, reconditioned, and periodically serviced three print presses at the Maude I. Kerns Art Center

1978 May: Co-organizer and participant in a public symposium on bilingual education and related public-service issues among the Russian Old-Ritualists in Woodburn OR and the surrounding county

1975 August-September: Visited Russian settlements in Alaska, including the Old-Ritualist village Nikolaevsk and the Orthodox Seminary on Kodiak Island

1969-1976: Active participant in the affairs of the Laurel Hill Citizens' Association which took its cause--community identity, local self-regulation, and citizen participation in planning--before the Eugene Planning Commission and City Council. Co-authored first neighborhood development plan formally accepted as city policy in Eugene OR