2023 Summer Workshop in the Economic History and Historical Political Economy of Eurasia


All sessions will be held at the University of Chicago Center in Paris.
  • 9:00–10:00 Volha Charnysh and Ranjit Lall, “The Consequences of Eastern European Slavery”
  • 10:00–11:00 Elena Korchmina, “Inequality Under Serfdom: Income and its Distribution in Early 19th Century Russia”
  • 11:00–11:30 Coffee
  • 11:30–12:30 Steven Hoch, “Land Reform and Contract Choice in Post-Emancipation Russia”
  • 12:30–2:00 Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, keynote address; lunch
  • 2:00–3:00 Dmitrii Kofanov, “Democratization and Public Finances: Lessons from the 1870 Municipal Reform in Cities of the Russian Empire”
  • 3:00–4:00 “Egg timer” presentations: Otto Kienitz, Tamar Matiashvilli, Valeria Peshko, Julia Zimmerman
  • 4:00–4:30 Coffee
  • 4:30–5:30 Ekaterina Travova, “For God, Tsar and Fatherland? The Political Influence of Church”
  • 5:30–6:30 Paul Castañeda Dower and Andrei Markevich, “Did Industrialization Increase Support for the Radical Left? Evidence from the 1917 Russian Revolution”
  • 7:30–10:00 Dinner
  • 9:00–10:00 Paul Castañeda Dower, Scott Gehlbach, Dmitrii Kofanov, and Steven Nafziger, “Violent Backlash to Political Reform: Evidence from Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the 1905 Russian Revolution”
  • 10:00–11:00 Tomila Lankina and Alexander Libman, “Social Structure and Resilience to Economic Shocks: The Russian Meshchane and the Volga Famine of 1891–1892″
  • 11:00–11:30 Coffee
  • 11:30–12:30 Volha Charnysh, Andrei Markevich, and Natalya Naumenko, “American Relief and the Soviet Famine of 1921–22”
  • 12:30–2:00 Stephen Kotkin, keynote address; lunch
  • 2:00–3:00 Marvin Suesse, “The Economic Geography of Eurasia in the Long Run”
  • 3:00–4:00 “Egg timer” presentations: Geoffrey Durham, Roman Gilmintinov, Igor Kolesnikov and Vladimir Novikov, Natalia Vasilenok
  • 4:00–4:30 Coffee
  • 4:30–5:30 Jonathan Raspe, “The Soviet Politics of Republican Industrialization, 1935–1965”
  • 5:30–6:30 Kristy Ironside, “McDonald’s and the Opening and Closing of Russia”
  • 7:30–10:00 Dinner


Konstantin Bogatyrev (Bocconi University), Paul Castañeda Dower (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Volha Charnysh (MIT), Geoffrey Durham (University of Pennsylvania), Vitaliia Eliseeva (Paris School of Economics), Scott Gehlbach (University of Chicago), Roman Gilmintinov (Duke University), Amanda Gregg (Middlebury College), Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po), Christopher Hartwell (Zurich University of Applied Sciences), Steven Hoch (Washington State University), Kristy Ironside (McGill University), Dmitry Ismagilov (King’s College London), Otto Kienitz (University of California–Berkeley), Dmitrii Kofanov (University of Barcelona), Igor Kolesnikov (University of California–Berkeley), Elena Korchmina (University of Southern Denmark), Stephen Kotkin (Stanford University), Ranjit Lall (Oxford University), Tomila Lankina (LSE), Alexander Libman (Free University of Berlin), Andrei Markevich (University of Helsinki), Tamar Matiashvili (Stanford University), Steven Nafziger (Williams College), Natalya Naumenko (George Mason University), Vladimir Novikov (University of Chicago), Valeria Peshko (University of Helsinki), Adam Przeworski (NYU), Jonathan Raspe (Princeton University), Tom Raster (Paris School of Economics), Marvin Suesse (Trinity College Dublin), Ekaterina Travova (University of Copenhagen), Natalia Vasilenok (Stanford University), Ekaterina Zhuravskaya (Paris School of Economics), Julia Zimmerman (Free University of Berlin)

Program Committee

Scott Gehlbach (University of Chicago), Elena Korchmina (University of Southern Denmark), and Steven Nafziger (Williams College)