Matthew Klopfenstein

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Contact Information

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

Research Interests

Late Imperial Russia
Civil society and the public sphere
History of emotions and the self
Women and Gender
Popular Culture

Research Description

My dissertation project, "Performing Death, Embodying Modernity: Media Spectacle, Public Emotion, and Modern Selves in the Celebrity Funerals of Russian Female Performers, 1859-1919," uses the deaths and funerals of famous female performers to argue that emotion, gender, and mass media are interrelated elements central to the history of the Russian public sphere as an affective space in the tumultuous period before the 1917 Revolution.

More broadly,  I am interested in the intersections between media, popular culture, and the public sphere in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries.


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

Awards and Honors

William C. Widenor Teaching Fellowship (2019)

Courses Taught

HIST 498 - Popular Culture in a Globalizing World (Spring 2020)
HIST 140 - Western Civilization to 1660 (Fall 2019)
HIST 252 - The Holocaust (Spring 2019)
HIST 143 - Western Civilization from 1660 to Present (Fall 2018)