Associate Professor of History & Chair of the History Department
RHG teaches courses in Russian, Soviet, and East European history. His research focuses on the religious, cultural, and political history of the Russian Empire and Soviet state. His first monograph, Bodies Like Bright Stars, is a study of Russian Orthodox devotion to saints and relics in the late 19th-early 20th centuries.
With Ona Renner-Fahey and Clint Walker (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures), RHG is co-director of the Russian Studies Program at the University of Montana. Students interested in a Russian Studies minor should meet with Prof. Greene or his comrades in MCLL.
Fall 2013: TBA
Field Of Study:
Cultural and Social History of Russia and the Soviet Union; Religious History
Russian Orthodox belief and practice; pilgrimage; apostasy; relics
HSTR 102H: Western Civilization II
HSTR 104H: Western Civilization II (Honors section)
HSTR 200: Intro to Historical Methods
HSTR 357: Imperial Russia
HSTR 358: History of the Soviet Union
HSTR 363: Eastern Europe
HSTR 400: Microhistory
HSTR 457: The World of Anna Karenina
HSTR 458: The Russian Revolution
HSTR 516: Modern Europe (grad course)
HSTR 544: Readings in Modern Russian History (grad course)
HSTR 595: Readings in Modern Europe (grad course)
HSTR 595: Readings in Kievan Rus and Muscovy (grad course)
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004 (History)
M.A., University of Michigan, 1998 (History)
B.A., University of Rochester, 1997 (History and Russian Studies)
2011-present: Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Montana
2006-2011: Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Montana
2005-2006: Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, University of Michigan
2004-2005: Post-doctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Department of History, University of Michigan
Faculty affiliate and member of the executive board of the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center
* co-editor and translator, with Eugene M. Avrutin, of The Story of a Life: Memoirs of a Young Jewish Woman in the Russian Empire (Northern Illinois University Press, 2012).
* Bodies like Bright Stars: Saints and Relics in Orthodox Russia (Northern Illinois University Press, 2009).
* co-editor, with Valerie A. Kivelson, of Orthodox Russia: Belief and Practice Under the Tsars (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003).
* “Making Saints: Canonization and Community in Late Imperial Russia,” The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, no. 1801 (University of Pittsburgh, 2006).
"Bodies in Motion: Steam-Powered Pilgrimages in Late Imperial Russia,” Russian History 39 (2012): 247-68
Reviews in Slavic Review, Russian Review, Revolutionary Russia, Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Canadian Journal of History, Journal of Church and State, Journal of World History, and Social History