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Smith, Alison K., Ph.D. Chicago
Associate Professor & Deputy Chair, St. George Campus
(416) 946-8962 & (416) 978-2070

Office: MU 124N & SS 2067
Field: Imperial Russia (late 18th-19th centuries)

Professor Smith is a specialist in 18th and 19th century Russian history. Her current project examines social mobility in Imperial Russia, through an examination of petitions produced by individuals seeking to change their social estate. The project has been supported by IREX and SSHRC grants, and will lead to a monograph and several articles, as well as a number of conference presentations, on the subject.

Professor Smith has also published a number of articles and a monograph on food in Imperial Russian history.  The monograph – Recipes for Russia: Food and Nationhood under the Tsars (2008) examines the interaction between foreign knowledge and traditional patterns of behaviour in the production and consumption of food.  Her various articles on specific aspects of this general subject include “National Cuisine and Nationalist Politics: V.F. Odoevskii and “’Doctor Puf,’ 1844-5” (forthcoming); “Eating Out in Imperial Russia: Class, Nationality and Dining before the Great Reforms” (2006); and “Public Works in an Autocratic State: Water Supplies in an Imperial Russian Town” (2003).  Work on these projects was supported by grants from the Fulbright-Hayes and Mellon foundations.