Susan Morrissey

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Professor, History
School of Humanities

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1993, History

Phone: History Department: (949) 824-6521
Fax: (949) 824-2865

University of California, Irvine
234 Murray Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Russia and the World; Political Violence and Terrorism; History of Suicide; History of Emotion; Subjectivity, Gender and the Body; Mass Culture; Visual Culture
Academic Distinctions
British Academy Research Development Award, 2008-11

Membership, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton), 2004-05

Suicide and the Body Politic in Imperial Russia. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories No. 9, Cambridge and New York, 2006, 384pp. Paperback: 2011.

Heralds of Revolution: Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism. Oxford University Press: New York and Oxford, 1998, 288pp.


“Suicide,” Dostoevsky in Context, eds.: Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova (Cambridge University Press: Forthcoming 2015).

“Subjects and Citizens, 1905-1917,” in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Russian History, ed. Simon Dixon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Oxford Handbooks Online, 2013). (A print version is forthcoming in 2015.)

“Mapping Civilization: The Cultural Geography of Suicide Statistics in Russia,” Journal of Social History, Spring, 2013, 651-67.

“The ‘Apparel of Innocence’: Towards a Moral Economy of Terrorism in Late Imperial Russia,” The Journal of Modern History. 84:3 (2012), 607-42.

“Terrorism, Modernity, and the Question of Origins,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. 12:1 (2011), 213-26.

“The Economy of Nerves: Health, Commercial Culture, and the Self in Late Imperial Russia,” Slavic Review no. 3 (2010), 645-75.

Co-editor and co-author of Introduction (with Polly Jones and Juliane Fürst). Special Issue: The Relaunch of the Soviet Project, 1945-1964 in Slavonic and East European Review 86:2 (2008).

“Politics, Pathologies, and the ‘School Regime’: The Suicide of Children in Late Imperial Russia.” Special Issue: Nicolae Mihai, ed. Pour une histoire culturelle de la mort: Perspectives oust – et est – européennes in Xenopoliana: Buletinul Fundatiei Academice “A. D. Xenopol” din Iasi XV, 2007-2008, pp. 119-135.

“Politics and Patriotism: Petrograd Students during World War I,“ Kollegen – Kommilitonen – Kämpfer: Europäische Universitäten im Ersten Weltkrieg. Trude Maurer, ed. Steiner Verlag: 2006.

“Drinking to Death: Vodka, Suicide, and Religious Burial in Russia,” Past and Present 186:1 (2005).

“In the Name of Freedom: Autocracy, Serfdom, and Suicide in Russia,” Slavonic and East European Review 82:2 (2004).

“Patriarchy on Trial: Suicide, Discipline, and Governance in Imperial Russia,” The Journal of Modern History 75:1 (2003).

“From Radicalism to Patriotism? Petersburg Students between Two Revolutions, 1905-1917,” Revolutionary Russia, no. 2 (2000).

“Mezhdu radikalizmom i patriotizmom: Petrogradskie studenty vo vremia Pervoi Mirovoi Voiny,” Rossiia i Pervaia Mirovaia Voina (St. Petersburg, 1999).

“The Boundaries of Honor: St. Petersburg Students in Revolution and Everyday Life,” Europa Orientalis. Studi e Ricerche sui Paesi e le Culture dell'Est Europeo 16:2 (1997).

“Suicide and Civilization in Late Imperial Russia,“ Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 43:2 (1995).
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