Matt Romaniello


Matt Romaniello is associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  His first monograph was a study of relationship between the Russian Empire and its Muslim subjects in the early modern era, The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671 (2012). He is currently working on two new projects. One is a study of the economic competition between Russia and Britain over Eurasian trade networks with the Middle East and Asia, tentatively titled Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia. The other is a study of health and illness in the Russian Empire, examining state regulation of colonial bodies. Along the way, he has co-edited a series of volumes, most recently Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present (2016), and the earlier Tobacco in Russian History and Culture (2009), both with Tricia Starks.

Additional Recent Publications:

“True Rhubarb? Trading Eurasian Botanical and Medical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century,” The Journal of Global History 11:1 (2016): 3-23

“Humoral Bodies in Cold Climates,” in Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), 23-43

“Customs and Consumption: Russia’s Global Tobacco Habits in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” in The Global Lives of Things: Materiality, Material Culture, and Commodities in the First Global Age, ed. Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello (London: Routledge, 2016), 183-97

“Trade and the Global Economy,” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, ed. Hamish Scott (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), vol. 2, 307-33

“Who Should Smoke? Tobacco and the Humoral Body in Early Modern England,” The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 27:2 (2013): 156-73

Russia Encounters Islam: Merchant Narratives and the Early Modern Global Economy,” World History Connected 10:1 (2013)

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