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Queens College, CUNY
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Russia, gender, conservatism, religion, 19th century, gentry, women, provinces, serfowners,
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About Me

Katherine Pickering Antonova is an associate professor of history specializing in Europe and Russia. She earned her B.A. at the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. at Columbia University. Her first book was An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in Provincial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2013), a microhistorical study of a marriage. It examines the reception and adaptation of Western European ideas like domesticity, Enlightenment, and Romanticism in a setting where the political and social developments that gave rise to these ideas were absent. Her second scholarly monograph, currently in progress, examines secret police prosecutions of religious sectarians, especially women, and their followers from 1800-1830. She recently completed a guidebook to writing for the history classroom, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and has published a guide for all readers on how to use critical thinking skills to survive the information revolution, A Consumer’s Guide to Information: How to Avoid Losing Your Mind on the Internet (2016). Professor Antonova’s teaching interests include the history of European aristocracy, Eurasian cities, textiles, and Soviet history, as well as undergraduate historical writing and methods.

Recent Publications

Essential Guide to Writing for the History Classroom (Forthcoming 2018, Oxford University Press)

“The Maiden and the Wolf: Law, Gender, and Sexual Violence in Imperial Russia,” Slavic Review 77, no. 1 (Spring 2018), 99-121; co-written with Sergei A. Antonov (paywall)

“America has forgotten the value of the humanities at the moment it needs them most” in the Washington Post (Sept 18, 2017)

“How the British defeated homegrown fascism — and how Americans can do the same” in the Washington Post (Aug 16, 2017)

“The GOP Is No Longer A ‘Conservative’ Party: They’ve become radical, and they want to remake America” in the Huffington Post (July 25, 2017)

“’Prayed to God, Knitted a Stocking’: Needlework on a Nineteenth-Century Russian Estate,” Experiment, 22, 1-12 (2016). (paywall)

A Consumer’s Guide to Information (Amazon/Smashwords, 2016)

[(Russian) “Who Was Responsible for Vospitanie in the 19th Century? The Evidence of A. I. Chikhachev on Vospitanie as State Service”)], Herald of St. Tikhonov’s Orthodox University for the Humanities. Series 4: Pedagogy and Psychology, Vol. 2, No. 37, pp. 59-71 (2015).

“Stay-at-home dads aren’t as new as you think,” Oxford University Press Blog (Jan 8, 2013)

An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in Provincial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Religion, Women