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Харшман Дирдре Рушитти

  • Харшман Дирдре Рушитти has been at HSE since 2018.

Education and Degrees

  • 2018

    PhD
    University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

  • 2013

    Master's
    University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

  • 2011

    Bachelor's
    University of Pittsburgh

Publications1

Article Харшман Д. Р. Cooking Up a New Everyday: Communal Kitchens in the Revolutionary Era, 1890-1935 // Revolutionary Russia. 2016. Vol. 29. No. 2. P. 211-233.

Editorial board membership

2017: Member of the Editorial Council (Book Review Editor), Soviet and Post Soviet Review (The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review).


Employment history

Curriculum vitae

Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman

 

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Champaign, IL 61820

 

           

EDUCATION

 

PhD in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2018

Dissertation Title: A Space Called Home: Housing and the Management of the Everyday in Russia, 1890-1935

Advisor: Professor Mark Steinberg

Committee: Professor Mark Steinberg (Chair), Professor Diane Koenker (University College London), Associate Professor John Randolph, Associate Professor Rebecca Friedman (Florida International University), and Associate Professor Kathryn Oberdeck

 

M.A. in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2013

 

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in History and English Writing, with a certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, May 2011

 

 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

 

September 2018-Present: National Research University, The Higher School of Economics

Postdoctoral Fellow

International Centre for the History of Sociology of WWII and Its Consequences

Department of History

Moscow, Russian Federation

 

 

September 2017-Present, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review

Book Review Editor

Editorial Board Member

 

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

 

Russian and Soviet History

Urban History

Everyday Life

Modernity

European History

Utopian Studies

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed

“Cooking Up a New Everyday: Communal Kitchens in the Revolutionary Era, 1890-1935.” Revolutionary Russia 29, No. 2 (December 2016): 211-233

 

Non-Peer Reviewed

“‘We have not been vermin, nor will we ever be!’: Gender and the Dynamics of Eviction in the Early Soviet Period, 1917-1930” in Konstruiruia “sovetskoe”? / Constructing the “Soviet”? (St. Petersburg: Izdatel’stvo Evropeiskogo universiteta, 2015), 158-162

 

 “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Archive Challenges,” History at Illinois Newsletter (Spring 2016): 20

 

Book Reviews

Andy Willimott, Living the Revolution: Urban Communes and Soviet Socialism, 1917-1932. Published in Revolutionary Russia 30, No. 1 (June 2017): 145-147

Yuri Slezkine, The House of Government: A Saga of The Russian Revolution, to be published in The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review (forthcoming)

Seth Bernstein, Raised under Stalin: Young Communists and the Defense of Socialism, to be published in The Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming)

 

In Progress

Editor (with Rebecca Friedman), The Soviet Home: Domestic Ideology and Practice (edited collection), under consideration at Bloomsbury Publishing

 

 “Vignettes from a Residents’ History of Home in the Early Soviet Period,” in Rebecca Friedman and Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman, eds., The Soviet Home: Domestic Ideology and Practice

 

 

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS

 

2017-2018, Doris G. Quinn Foundation Fellowship for Dissertation Completion

 

2017, First Place, Midwest Slavic Association Graduate Essay Competition, for the article “Cooking Up a New Everyday: Communal Kitchens in the Revolutionary Era, 1890-1935”

 

2016, William C. Widenor Teaching Fellowship, awarded through University of Illinois History Department

 

2015, Davis Graduate Student Travel Grant for the 2015 Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Annual Conference

 

2014-2015, Dissertation Research Fellowship, for dissertation research in Moscow and Perm’, Russia, awarded through the University of Illinois History Department

 

2013, Event Grant from Illinois Program from Research in the Humanities for the Fifteenth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History (primary grant writer)

 

2013, Departmental Travel Grant for Pre-Dissertation Research in Moscow, Russia

 

2013, Frederick S. Rodkey Memorial Prize in Russian History, awarded by University of Illinois History Department

 

2011-2013, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, from Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois (for Russian language study, for two academic years)

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2017-Present, Book Review Editor and member of the Editorial Board, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review

 

2017, Primary Organizer (with Prof. Rebecca Friedman, Florida International University), First Annual Ralph T. Fisher Workshop at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; on the theme of “The Soviet Home: Domestic Ideology and Practice.” Sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, held 23-24 June 2017.

 

2017, Graduate Student Coordinator for the “1917/2017: Ten Days that Shook the World, Ten Days that Shake the Campus” event series at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 

2013-2014, Editorial assistant at Slavic Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Courses

 

Modernity and the Everyday: Placing Russian History in the Global Context of the Twentieth Century, Winter 2018 (NRU Higher School of Economics)

 

Urban History (Subtheme: Urban Utopias: Reimagining the City), Fall 2016 (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

      Note: I designed and solo taught this course as a Widenor Teaching Fellow; I was included on List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students

 

Western Civilization to 1660 [Teaching Assistant], Spring 2016 (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

      Note: Included on List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students

 

Western Civilization to 1660, Advanced Composition Sections [Teaching Assistant], Fall 2015 (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

      Note: Nominated for Outstanding Teaching Award and included on List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students  

 

Other Teaching/Pedagogical Experience

 

2018-Present, Undergraduate Thesis Supervisor, for Theses in Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet History at the NRU Higher School of Economics, Moscow

 

2017, Member of Digital Humanities/Russian, East European and Eurasian Center Working Group at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 

2017, Pedagogical assistant for Professors Mark Steinberg and Jessica Greenberg for the course “History Now: A Century of Revolutions, 2017-1917, From Black Lives Matter to the Russian Revolution”

 

2015-2017, Graduate student liaison and coordinator, University of Illinois Center for Historical Interpretation; work focused on the theme of “global utopias.” As a part of this work, I organized the following events:

      - Third Annual Graduate Student Teaching Workshop, Fall 2017

      - Second Annual Graduate Student Teaching Workshop, Spring 2017

      - K-12 Teachers Professional Development Workshop on the theme of “Environmental Justice and History,” Spring 2017

      - First Annual Graduate Student Teaching Workshop, Spring 2016

      - K-12 Teachers Professional Development Workshop; on the theme of “Utopian Communities,” Spring 2016

 

2014, Pedagogical assistant for Professors Tamara Chaplin and Peter Fritzsche, for the course “World War I and the Making of the Global Twentieth Century”

 

 

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

 

“A Soviet Everyday: Neighborhood Councils and the Management of Daily Life in Moscow, 1918-1921.” International Colloquium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, June 2019 (Note: Presented in Russian under the title “Sovetskii byt: Raionnye sovety i upravlenie povsednevnoi zhizni v Moskve, 1918-1921 gg.”)

 

“A Better Home, A Better Everyday: Social Reform and the Role of Print Culture in Urban Late Imperial Russia, 1890-1917.” Presenter and panel organizer, British Association of Slavic and Eastern European Studies Annual Convention, April 2019

 

“Whose Right to the City? Sleep, Nighttime Shelters, and the Question of Gender in Twentieth Century Russia.” Uppsala University Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies Higher Seminar Series Invited Lecture, January 2019

 

 “Urban Margins: Stories of Underground, Peripheral, and Discounted Spaces in Fin-de-Siècle Russia” roundtable participant and panel organizer. Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, December 2018

 

“Sleeping in Revolution.” Higher School of Economics Second Annual International Forum for Young Scholars of Soviet and Post-Soviet History and Culture, December 2018

 

 “Housing and Revolution in Russia’s Long Twentieth Century” roundtable participant. Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, November 2017

 

 “Teaching the Socialist City” roundtable participant. Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, November 2017

 

 “Inside and Out: Landlords in Russia’s Revolutionary Period.” University of Illinois Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center Noontime Scholars Lecture Series, October 2017

 

 “Russian Revolution Professor Panel,” hosted by the Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate Honors Society, invited talk, September 2017

 

 “Missing ‘the Pit’: Temporary Housing and Changes to the Cities in the Early Soviet Period.” Midwest Slavic Conference at the Ohio State University, April 2017

 

 “The Meaning of Spaces: Nighttime Shelters and Belonging in a Late Imperial Russia City.” Invited talk, Osaka City University–University of Illinois Symposium, held at the University of Illinois, March 2017

 

 “‘The Problem of Constructing Socialist Cities’: Urban Utopianism in the Soviet Union.” Center for Historical Interpretation Teachers Professional Development Workshop, University of Illinois, May 2016

 

 “A New Everyday? Gender, Labor, Time and the Space of the Kitchen in Russia, 1890-1935.” Women and Gender History Symposium, University of Illinois, February 2016

 

 “Russian Arctic Cinemas and the New Cold War.” Co-presenter with Profs. Scott MacKenzie and Anna Stenport, Film Studies Association of Canada 2016 Annual Convention

 

 “Building the Everyday: Women, the Housing Question and Labor in the Long Revolutionary Period,” panel participant and panel organizer. Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, November 2015

 

 “‘We have not been vermin, nor will we ever be!’: Gender and the Dynamics of Eviction in the Early Soviet Period, 1917-1930.” Konstruiruia “sovetskoe”? / Constructing the “Soviet”? Conference, European University of St. Petersburg, April 2015

 

Beseda s inostrannimi issledovateliami / Roundtable with foreign researchers at Perm State University (PGNIU). Invited, in Russian, February 2015

 

 “Looking Like a Worker: Image and Identity in Russia, 1895-1929.” The History of the Body Conference, Washington University of St. Louis, November 2012

 

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

2016-2017, Research assistant, Professor Mark D. Steinberg

Archival and primary source research on “other spaces” of early Soviet history

 

2015-2016, Research assistant, Professors Anna Stenport and Scott MacKenzie

Primary and secondary research, as well as editorial and translation assistance, for their work, The Anxiety of Ice, focusing on film representations of Russia in the context of the global arctic

 

2013-2014, Research assistant, Professor Diane P. Koenker

Primary source research for her work on Soviet media in the 1960s, focusing on the journals Komsomol’skaia Pravda and Rabotnitsa

 

 

UNIVERSITY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 

2016-2017, Co-editor, History at Illinois Newsletter, 2016-2017

 

2016-Present, English language Copy Editor for Konstruiruia “sovetskoe”? / Constructing the “Soviet”? Conference Proceedings, published through European University Press

 

2013-2014, Chair of Fifteenth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, through University of Illinois History Department, on the theme of “love”

 

2012-2013, Chair of Finance Committee for the Fourteenth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History

 

 

LANGUAGES

 

Russian, Advanced competency

German, Moderate competency (reading only)

French, Moderate competency (reading only)

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

Member, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Member, Second World Urbanity Project

 

 

REFERENCES

 

Professor Mark Steinberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, steinb@illinois.edu

Professor Diane Koenker, University College London, School for Slavonic and East European Studies and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (emerita), dkoenker@illinois.edu

Professor Rebecca Friedman, Florida International University, friedmar@fiu.edu

Professor Dana Rabin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, drabin@illinois.edu [teaching reference]