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Research and Teaching Statement
Claudia Verhoeven is a historian of modern Russia and Europe whose primary research interest is the history of terrorism and related forms of political violence. Her first book, a cultural/micro-history of the 1866 attempted assassination of Tsar Alexander II, was published in 2009: The Odd Man Karakozov: Imperial Russia, Modernity, and the Birth of Terrorism. She is also the co-editor, with Carola Dietze, of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the History of Terrorism. For her new project, she continues to do research on terrorism, but with a special emphasis on its temporality. Her other interests include the revolutionary tradition; modernism; literature; historiography and historical method; and Russian, German, and European cultural-intellectual history.
Courses taught: Imperial Russia, Soviet History, the Russian Revolutionary Intelligentsia, Late Imperial and Early Soviet Culture, the History of Terrorism, 19th Century Europe, Modernity and Modernism: East and West, Modern European History and Historiography, History and Literature, History of Law: Great Trials (with Holly Case), Risk, Romance, Revolution, and History of Time/Time of History.
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Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1994
Recent Publications and Awards
Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean, eds. Jason Coy, Ben Marschke, Jared Poley, and Claudia Verhoeven. Berghahn, 2015.
"Adventures in Terrorism: Sergei Stepniak-Kravchinsky and the Literary Lives of the Russian Revolutionary Community, 1860s-1880s," in Community, Kinship, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean, eds. Jason Coy, Ben Marschke, Jared Poley, and Claudia Verhoeven. Berghahn, 2015.
"Wormholes in Russian History: Events 'Outside of Time' (Featuring Malevich, Morozov, and Mayakovsky)," Breaking Up Time: Negotiating the Borders between the Present, the Past and Future, ed. Christ Lorenz and Berber Bevernage (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013), 109-123.
“Oh, Times, There is No Time (But the Time that Remains): The Terrorist in Russian Literature, 1863-1913,” Terrorism and Narrative Practice, eds. Thomas Austenfeld, Dimiter Daphinoff, Jens. Munster: LIT Verlag, 2011.
“Time of Terror, Terror of Time: On the Impatience of Russian Revolutionary Terrorism.” Special Issue of Jahrbücher für die Geschichte Osteuropas: “Terrorism in Imperial Russia: New Perspectives,” eds. Anke Hillbrenner and Benjamin Schenk, Vol. 58, No. 2, 2010.
“Crime and Punishment Draws the Line,” in Blooms Literary Themes: Civil Disobedience, ed. Harold Bloom and Blake Hobby. Chelsea House, 2010.
The Odd Man Karakozov: Imperial Russia, Modernity, and the Birth of Terrorism. Cornell University Press, 2009.
“Court Files,” in Reading Primary Sources. The Interpretation of Texts from 19th and 20th Century History, ed. Miriam Dobson and Benjamin Ziemann. Routledge, 2008.
“The Making of Russian Revolutionary Terrorism,” in Enemies of Humanity: The Nineteenth-Century War on Terrorism, ed. Isaac Land. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008.
“The ‘German Autumn’ Between Mallorca and Mogadishu,” H-German, December 4, 2007.
Cornell Society for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship (2012-2013)
Cornell Society for the Humanities School of Criticism and Theory Mellon Full-Faculty Fellowship (2011)
Cornell Society for the Humanities Brett de Barry Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Group Grant (2010-2011)
Jean Monnet Fellowship: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute 2007-2008
Franklin Research Grant: American Philosophical Society 2006
Summer Teaching Fellowship: National Endowment of the Humanities 2005
Chancellor’s Dissertation Year Fellowship: Graduate Division, UCLA 2002-2003
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship 2001-2002