Areas of Expertise
- Early-Modern Europe
- merchant cultures
- political economy of early modern empires
- environmental history
- Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches Russian history from the ninth century to the present
- In 2013, Monahan won a spot as a visiting fellow at the Davis Center at Harvard University to participate in a seminar entitled “Imperial Legacies and International Politics in the Post-Soviet Space”
- Joined the UNM History department in 2008 as assistant professor of Russian history
- Teaches courses on Russia from its origins to the present in a three semester narrative sequence and courses on the history of the Russian empire and Russian Environmental History
- In 2000, she took the plunge and began studying Russian history in earnest at Stanford University
- From 1997-2000, Monahan lived in Moscow and then St. Petersburg worked for that company, which involved navigating the challenges of Russian bureaucracy and infrastructure trying to get things from Point A to Point B
- Monahan traveled to the USSR in the summer of 1991 as part of the People-to-People exchange organization
- Monahan wrote her dissertation about merchants in early modern Russia, focusing on Siberia
- Spent two years in Russian archives reading Russian customs administration books for a study that will be published soon as "The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia"
- An adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage until beginning a tenure-track position at The University of New Mexico
- In her time in Russia, Monahan has visited many corners of the former Soviet Union, from Karelia to Kyrgyzstan, Kamchatka to the Caucasus, as well as Kiev and Crimea
- Earned her BA at Dartmouth University (1996); MA at Stanford (2003); and Ph.D. at Stanford (2007), all in history
Additional areas of interest
Russia, Early-Modern Europe, empires, early modern commerce, early modern travelers' accounts, merchant cultures, political economy of early modern empires, history of corruption, environmental history and Central Asia.
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