Felix Cowan

Assistant Professor (He/Him)
Sidney Smith, Room 6005


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Russian/Soviet history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; urban history; everyday life; poverty and inequality; political culture.


Felix Cowan is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. He completed his PhD at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying late imperial Russian history, and is currently working on a book manuscript about the imperial Russian penny press and beginning a new project on urban poverty and inequality in revolutionary Russia. Dr. Cowan's research interests lie in political culture, urban history, and the history of everyday life across the Russian Empire, arising from a strong feeling of empathy with the marginalized and disenfranchised throughout history and a fascination with the ways that patterns of everyday life and culture have changed during periods of dramatic historical upheaval.

Dr. Cowan's first book, entitled The Kopeck Press: Popular Journalism in Revolutionary Russia, is under contract with University of Toronto Press.


PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MA, University of Toronto
BA, University of Toronto