Hello! I am a historian of slavery in Imperial Russia and the Caucasus and a lecturer in the Department of History at UC Santa Barbara. I am keenly interested in the questions of religion, religious conversion, and the performance of religious identity; the relationship between the state and subaltern groups; and the role of gender in the imperial peripheries.

My expertise lay in the history of the Caucasus in the nineteenth century. My scholarship conceptualizes the Caucasus as a permanent borderland, a site of cultural exchanges, transnational commercial networks, contested memory, and imperial rivalries. My book manuscript, Reluctant Abolitionists, investigates the history of slavery, the slave trade, and abolition in the Caucasus under Russian imperial rule. When completed, it will provide the first comprehensive account of how slavery was abolished in the Caucasus and be in conversation with a global history of abolitionism.

Please visit my website to learn more about my current research interests and projects.

Reluctant Abolitionists: Slavery, Dependency, and Abolition in the Caucasus (1801-1914)