Mark D Steinberg

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Contact Information

History
425 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801

Professor

Biography

Mark Steinberg's research focuses on the city, revolutions, emotions, violence, space, moralities, and utopia. His books include Voices of Revolution, 1917 (Yale, 2001); Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925 (Cornell, 2002); Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia, ed. with Heather Coleman (Indiana, 2006); A History of Russia, with Nicholas Riasanovsky (Oxford, 9th edition, 2018); Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, ed. with Catherine Wanner (Indiana, 2008); Kul’tury gorodov Rossiiskoi imperii na rubezhe XIX - XX vekov,  ed. with Boris Kolonitskii (St. Petersburg, Evropeiskii dom, 2009); Petersburg Fin de Siècle (Yale, 2011); and The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford, 2017). He was the editor of Slavic Review  from 2006 to 2013. He is currently working on two new book projects: "Russian Utopians" and "The Crooked and the Straight in the Modern City: Improvised Moral Lives in New York, Odessa, and Bombay, 1919-1939."

Research Interests

Russia, cities, revolutions, emotions, and utopia

Education

PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Recent Publications

Steinberg, M. D. (2019). Крылья революции. Gosudarstvo, Religiia, Tserkov' v Rossii i za Rubezhom/State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide, 37(1-2), 567-593. https://doi.org/10.22394/2073-7203-2019-37-1/2-567-593

Steinberg, M. D. (2018). Vladimir Mayakovsky and the Utopian imagination in the Russian revolution. Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Istoriya, 63(1), 83-91. https://doi.org/10.21638/11701/spbu02.2018.105

Steinberg, M. D. (2017). Alexandra kollontai and the utopian imagination in the Russian revolution. Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Istoriya, 62(3), 436-448. https://doi.org/10.21638/11701/spbu02.2017.301

Steinberg, M. D. (2017). Feeling Modern on the Russian Street: From Desire to Despair. In The Routledge Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience Routledge.

Steinberg, M. D. (2017). Lev Trotsky and the utopian imagination in the Russian revolution. Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Istoriya, 62(4), 664-673. https://doi.org/10.21638/11701/spbu02.2017.401

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  • Russia’s world-changing revolution came 100 years ago this November, but our view of it has been shaped by the repression and massive death that came in its wake, as well as by decades of Russian-U.S. conflict. History professor Mark Steinberg is taking a fresh look at the events of 1917, both in a book on the revolution and through a series of talks this fall, including stops in Moscow and at the Chicago Humanities Festival.