Matthew L Klopfenstein

 Matthew Klopfenstein

Contact Information

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

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

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 in the tumultuous period before the 1917 Revolution.


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


  • HIST 252 - The Holocaust (Spring 2019)
  • HIST 143 - Western Civilization from 1660 to Present (Fall 2018)