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Robert H. Greene

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the History Department

Office: LA 258

Phone: (406) 243-2986


Office Hours:

Fall 2014: 

W: 2-3.30

Th: 9.30-11.30

F: 12-12.45

And by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Robert H. Greene 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), Professor Greene is co-director of the Russian Studies Program at the University of Montana. Students interested in a Russian Studies minor should meet with Professor Greene or his comrades in MCLL.

Fields of Study

Cultural and Social History of Russia and the Soviet Union; Religious History


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004 (History)
M.A., University of Michigan, 1998 (History) 
B.A., University of Rochester, 1997 (History and Russian Studies)


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 European Cultural and Social History (grad course)

HSTR 595: Readings in Kievan Rus and Muscovy (grad course)

HSTR 595: Readings in Imperial Russia (grad course)

HSTR 595: Readings in Soviet History

Selected Publications

* 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 Like Bright Stars: Saints and Relics in Orthodox RussiaOrthodox Russia: Belief and Practice Under the Tsars

Other Publications

"A Nineteenth-Century Life of St. Stefan of Perm (c. 1340-1396)," in Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion, ed. Heather J. Coleman (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2014)

"Orthodox Petitions for the Transfer of the Holy Relics of St. Stefan of Perm, 1909," in Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion, ed. Heather J. Coleman (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2014)

"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 HistoryThe HistorianChurch History, and Social History

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