Matthew L Klopfenstein

 Matthew Klopfenstein

Contact Information

History, 309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
PhD Candidate

Research Interests

  • History of emotions and the self
  • Late Imperial Russia
  • Civil society

Research Description

My dissertation project, "Performing Death, Embodying Grief: Media, Emotion, and the Self in the Celebrity Funerals of Russian Popular Performers," examines the deaths and funerals of popular performers (opera stars, singers, stage actors, and film stars) and their representation in mass media in Russia from the 1880s to 1930s to explore the role of public displays of powerful emotions and their reproduction in mass media in shaping new forms of identity and community in late imperial and early Soviet Russia.



  • Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to Russia, 2017-2018