I study imperial Russia. My Master’s theses consider the causes, dynamics, and implications of Russian migration to the western borderlands; and Jewish migration beyond the Pale of Settlement to Russia’s interior. Both projects analyze these movements through the lens of Tartu (present-day Estonia), where their presence was almost non-existent prior to the nineteenth century. There, they encountered new peoples, including Baltic Germans and Estonians. I am fascinated by the effect that individuals can have as they “vote with their feet”—in going to new places, people form new relations (both hostile and cordial), and shape cultural, social, economic, and political trends.
I completed my BA at Brigham Young University, majoring in Family History-Genealogy with an emphasis on Russia and Eastern Europe. I received an MA at the University of Tartu in Estonian History, working under the advisement of Tõnu Tannberg. I completed half of my MA coursework at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I worked with Shaul Stampfer.