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Overview

  • Cathy A. Frierson is an historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union. She earned her B.A. in Slavic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she held a National Merit Scholarship. She earned her A.M. in the Soviet Union program at Harvard University, where she also earned her Ph.D. in history. The author or editor of seven books on Russian and Soviet history, she has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC; the Fulbright-Hays program; the International Research Exchanges Board; the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research; and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. At UNH, she has held two term, endowed research professorships. Frierson is a dedicated teacher and mentor for undergraduate research. Her pedagogy stresses active student learning and engagement. The recipient of UNH’s most prestigious teaching awards in the College of Liberal Arts, she takes particular pride in having co-founded the “first-in-the-nation” International Research Opportunities Program for undergraduate students in all disciplines at UNH in 1997, during her tenure as director of the UNH Center for International Education. Many of her UNH undergraduate students have gone on to graduate and professional schools. She also has brought international students to UNH through U.S. Department of State funding; those students subsequently have variously promoted democracy in their home countries, become U.S. citizens, and even entered the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Frierson has been traveling to Russia since 1984 for research or U.S. Department of State programs related to the rule of law.  Since 2005, she has focused on child survivors of Soviet political repression, forging relationships with survivors and their advocacy and commemorative organizations. A native of the U.S. Deep South, Frierson relishes time out of doors, even in the deep snows of New Hampshire during the winter months.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 A Prison without Walls? Eastern Siberian Exile in the Last Years of TsarismSlavic Review.  77:251-253. 2018
    2016 Group photography and the politics of disappearance in Stalin's RussiaCahiers du Monde Russe.  57:952-955. 2016
    2014 A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold War RussiaRussian Review.  73:651-653. 2014
    2013 Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia.Russian Review.  72:695-697. 2013
    2012 Medicine, Law and the State in Imperial RussiaLaw and History Review.  30:943-944. 2012
    2012 Face to the Village: The Riazan Countryside under Soviet Rule, 1921-1930Slavic Review.  71:463-464. 2012
    2011 The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in RussiaJournal of Modern History.  83:978-980. 2011
    2011 Deported in the USSR. European Tales from the gulagCahiers du Monde Russe.  52:811-813. 2011
    2011 Know Your Enemy. The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet ExpertsCanadian Slavonic Papers.  53:104-106. 2011
    2009 Russian Culture, Property Rights, and the Market EconomySlavonic and East European Review.  87:588-590. 2009
    2008 Ruling peasants: Village and state in late imperial RussiaSlavic Review.  67:488-489. 2008
    2008 The legacy of the siege of Leningrad, 1941-1995: Myth, memories, and monumentsHistorian.  70:589-590. 2008
    2007 Archive stories: Facts, fictions, and the writing of historyAmerican Historical Review.  112:1499-1500. 2007
    2007 An open call to focus on Russia's educated young adultsProblems of Post-Communism.  54:3-18. 2007
    2006 Dilemmas of Russian capitalism: Fedor Chizhov and corporate enterprise in the railroad age.Russian Review.  65:140-141. 2006
    2005 Converging worlds: Religion and community in peasant Russia, 1861-1917.Journal of Modern History.  77:865-866. 2005
    2005 Family life on the northwestern margins of imperial Russia.Russian Review.  64:521-522. 2005
    2005 Russia's lost reformation: Peasants, millennialism, and radical sects in southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917.American Historical Review.  110:903-904. 2005
    2003 Possessed: Women, witches, and demons in imperial Russia.Journal of Modern History.  75:226-228. 2003
    2003 Celebrating women. Gender, festival culture, and Bolshevik ideology, 1910-1939.Journal of Social History.  36:1077-1079. 2003
    2001 Warriors and peasants: The Don Cossacks in late imperial Russia.American Historical Review.  106:1906-1907. 2001
    2001 The Russian peasantry 1600-1930: The world the peasants madeSlavonic and East European Review.  79:531-533. 2001
    1999 Power and the sacred in revolutionary Russia: Religious activists in the villageRussian Review.  58:331-332. 1999
    1999 Peasant dreams and market politics: Labor migration and the Russian village, 1861-1905Slavic Review.  58:480-481. 1999
    1997 ''I must always answer to the law'' - Rules and responses in the reformed volost courtSlavonic and East European Review.  75:308-334. 1997
    1997 Life on the Russian Country Estate: A social and cultural history - Roosevelt,PHistorian.  59:705-706. 1997
    1996 Kiev: A portrait, 1800-1917 - Hamm,MFJournal of Modern History.  68:254-256. 1996
    1995 BETWEEN THE FIELDS AND THE CITY - WOMEN, WORK AND FAMILY IN RUSSIA, 1861-1914 - ENGEL,BARussian Review.  54:293-294. 1995
    1994 THE GEORGIAN FEAST - THE VIBRANT CULTURE AND SAVORY FOOD OF THE REPUBLIC-OF-GEORGIA - GOLDSTEIN,DSlavic Review.  53:626-627. 1994
    1994 THE SOVIET SOCIAL-CONTRACT AND WHY IT FAILED - WELFARE POLICY AND WORKERS POLITICS FROM BREZHNEV TO YELTSIN - COOK,LJLabor History.  35:617-619. 1994
    1991 MEMOIRS OF A REVOLUTIONIST - FINGER,VRussian History.  18:369-370. 1991
    1987 BARON,SAMUEL,H. - A BIBLIOGRAPHYRussian Review.  46:303-313. 1987
    1987 RAZDEL - THE PEASANT FAMILY DIVIDEDRussian Review.  46:35-52. 1987
    1986 RURAL JUSTICE IN PUBLIC-OPINION - THE VOLOST COURT DEBATE 1861-1912Slavonic and East European Review.  64:526-545. 1986
    1986 THE ECONOMIC-STATUS AND CLASS-STRUGGLE OF PEASANTS OF EUROPEAN RUSSIA, 1881-1904 - RUSSIAN - ANFIMOV,AMRussian Review.  45:332-333. 1986
    1983 THE AUTOCRACY AGAINST REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA (1826-1880) - RUSSIAN - ORZHEKHOVSKII,IVKRITIKA.  19:7-15. 1983

    Chapter

    Year Title
    1997 Forced Hunger and Rational Restraint in the Russian Peasant Diet: One Populist's Vision.  49-66. 1997

    Teaching Activities

  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2018
  • Russ:Modernizatn-Soviet Empire Taught course 2018
  • Intro Russian Culture&Civilztn Taught course 2017
  • WWII in Russia & Soviet Union Taught course 2017
  • Intro Russian Culture&Civilztn Taught course 2017
  • Adv Exp/Russia as Empire Taught course 2017
  • WWII in Russia & Soviet Union Taught course 2017
  • Intro Russian Culture&Civilztn Taught course 2016
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2016
  • Intro Russian Culture&Civilztn Taught course 2016
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2016
  • WWII in Russia & Soviet Union Taught course 2016
  • Intro Russian Culture&Civilztn Taught course 2015
  • Russ:Modernizatn-Soviet Empire Taught course 2015
  • Intro Russian Culture&Civilztn Taught course 2015
  • Independent Study Taught course 2015
  • Intro Russian Culture&Civilztn Taught course 2015
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2015
  • Colloquium/Natural Disasters Taught course 2014
  • Independent Study Taught course 2014
  • WWII in Russia & Soviet Union Taught course 2014
  • Intro Russian Culture&Civilztn Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • A.M., Harvard University
  • B.A. Slavic,Baltic,&Albanian Lang., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D. Russian History, Harvard University
  • Full Name

  • Cathy Frierson