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Urbana, IL 61801


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); The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford, 2017); and Russian Utopia (Bloomsbury, 2021). He was the editor of Slavic Review  from 2006 to 2013. He is currently working a new book project, "Crooked and Straight in the City: Moral Stories from the Streets of New York, Bombay, and Odessa in the 1920s."

Research Interests

Russia, cities, revolutions, emotions, and utopia


PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor Emeritus, History

Highlighted Publications


Steinberg, Mark D. The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Steinberg, Mark D, and Nicholas V. Riasanovsky. History of Russia, 9th edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe. Edited by Mark Steinberg, Edited by Valeria Sobol, Northern Illinois University Press: DeKalb, 2011.

Steinberg, Mark D. Petersburg Fin de Siecle. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011.

Kul’tury gorodov Rossiiskoi imperii. Edited by Mark Steinberg, Edited by Boris Kolonitskii, St. Petersburg: Evropeiskii dom, 2009.

Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies. Edited by Mark Steinberg, Edited by Catherine Wanner, Bloomington: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Indiana U Press, 2008.

Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia. Edited by Mark Steinberg, Edited by Heather Coleman, Bloomington: Indiana U Press, 2007.

Steinberg, Mark D. A History of Russia from Peter the Great to Gorbachev. A 36-lecture video/audio course. Teaching Company, 2003.

Steinberg, Mark D. Voices of Revolution, 1917. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Steinberg, Mark D. Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.

Steinberg, Mark D, and Vladimir Khrustalev. The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Cultures in Flux: Lower-Class Values, Practices, and Resistance in Late Imperial Russia. Edited by Mark Steinberg, Edited by Stephen Frank, Princeton: Princeton U Press, 1994.

Steinberg, Mark D. Moral Communities: The Culture of Class Relations in the Russian Printing Industry. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Book Contributions

"Emotions History in Eastern Europe." Doing Emotions History, 2013.

"Blood in the Air: Everyday Violence in the Experience of the Petersburg Poor, 1905-1917." Spaces of the Poor: Perspectives of Cultural Sciences on Urban Slum Areas and Their Inhabitants, 2013.

Steinberg, Mark D. "“Feeling Modern on the Russian Street: From Desire to Despair"." The Routledge History Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience, Routledge 2017.

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Recent Publications

Steinberg, M. D. (2021). Review: R. Bird, C. Kiaer, and Z. Cahill's (eds.) A Revolution Every Day: A Calendar, 1917-2017. Slavic Review, 80(2), 435-436.

Steinberg, M. D. (2021). Russian Utopia: A Century of Revolutionary Possibilities. Bloomsbury Academic.

Steinberg, M. D. (2021). The New Socialist City: Building Utopia in the USSR, 1917–1934. International Critical Thought, 11(3), 427-449.

Steinberg, M. D. (2020). Ghostly fogs in a decaying empire: disoriented and melancholy experience in Russia’s metropole. Cultural Studies, 34(5), 747-762.

Steinberg, M. D. (2020). Review: R.S. Wortman's The Power of Language and Rhetoric in Russian Political History: Charismatic Words from the 18th to the 21st Centuries. The Journal of modern history, 92(4), 977-979.

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