Alison Smith

Alison Smith is associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.  Her early research focused on the production and consumption of food in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russia, leading to several articles and a book, Recipes for Russia: Food and Nationhood under the Tsars (NIU Press, 2008).  She has also contributed an article on national cuisines to a forthcoming Handbook of Food History, Jeffrey Pilcher, ed., to be published by Oxford University Press.  She is now working on a new project that examines social identities and social mobility in Imperial Russia, through an investigation of how individual Russians negotiated their soslovie (social estate) membership through interactions with local and central authorities. She is also taking advantage of her new Canadian location to think about Russia as a northern power, initially through co-teaching a course on, essentially,  Arctic world history.

Additional publications:

  • “The Freedom to Choose a Way of Life:  Fugitives, Borders, and Imperial Amnesties in Russia,” forthcoming in The Journal of Modern History (June 2011)
  • “Authority in a Serf Village:  Peasants, Managers, and the Role of Writing in Early Nineteenth Century Russia,” Journal of Social History 43, no. 1 (Fall 2009): 157-73
  • “National Cuisine and Nationalist Politics:  V. F. Odoevskii and ‘Doctor Puf,’ 1844-5,” Kritika 10, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 1-22
  • “Eating Out in Imperial Russia:  Class, Nationality and Dining before the Great Reforms,” Slavic Review 65, no. 4 (Winter 2006):  747-68
  • “Public Works in an Autocratic State:  Water Supplies in an Imperial Russian Town,” Environment and History 11 (2005): 319-42

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