Ala C. Graff

I am a historian of modern Russia and PhD Candidate (ABD) in Russian History at the University of Maryland, College Park. My research focuses on the rise of the press as a political actor in late nineteenth-century Russia. My dissertation, Political Wild Card: The Press Between High Politics and Public Opinion in Late Imperial Russia, examines the political entanglements of the Russian press and the monarchic state as they collaborated and competed to shape public opinion and political decision-making during the 1860s-1880s. My research has been supported by the AHA, ASEEES, The German Historical Institute in Moscow, The Cosmos Club Foundation, The University of Maryland, among others. At the University of Maryland, I designed and taught courses on Imperial Russian and Soviet history, culture, and communication. Beyond the academe, I have written for the The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Moscow Times.

Recent Presentation

“Russian Monarchy and Modernity: National Politics and Social Welfare in Late Imperial Russia”

University of Cambridge, UK

"The Russian Press as a Historical Source: Opportunities, Challenges, Collections" (Chair)

ASEEES, San Francisco, CA.

“Print Workers’ Mutual Aid Societies: Pension, Healthcare, Loans in Late Imperial Russia”

ASEEES San Francisco, CA.

"Printing Power: Newspaper Press Shaping Politics and Public Opinion Past and Present"

GradTerp Excahnge, University of Maryland

Research Trips, 2018

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ASEEES 2018, 50th Convention, Boston, MA