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Stuart Finkel joined the Russian Department in 2018, after having taught for a number of years in the History Department at the University of Florida; he was not entirely new to Dartmouth, having previously taught as a visitor including courses on the Russian Revolution, Soviet history and culture, and the history of human rights. He is currently working on a multi-volume project surveying the long, complex history of aid to political prisoners & exiles in Russia and the Soviet Union, critically engaging with the burgeoning scholarship on the origins and genesis of international humanitarianism & human rights. The first book, Victims of the Struggle for Liberty: Helping Prisoners and Exiles in Late Imperial Russia, which details the origins of "political philanthropy" in the late nineteenth century, is completed and should be available in late 2023. The second, tentatitively entitled For Martyrs or for Enemies: Aid to Political Prisoners in early Soviet Russia, will provide a detailed examination of the so-called "Political Red Cross," led by Ekaterina Peshkova, which lobbied on behalf of political prisoners and exiles from 1918 to 1937.
"Philanthropy, Politics, and Public Action: Ekaterina Peshkova in Wartime and Revolution," in Women and Gender in Russia's Great War and Revolution, ed. Adele Lindenmeyr and Melissa K. Stockdale (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2022), p.269-89.
"The 'Political Red Cross' and the Genealogy of Rights Discourse in Revolutionary Russia," The Journal of Modern History 89, no. 1 (March 2017): 79-118.
"Intelligentsia Conceptions: Duty and Obshchestvennost' in War and Revolution," in Russia's Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-22, Book 3: National Disintegration and Reintegration, ed. Christopher Read, Peter Waldron, and Adele Lindenmeyr (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2018), p.267-95.
"Perversions and Transformations: A. S. Izgoev and the Intelligentsia Debates, 1904-22," in Landmarks Revisited: The Vekhi Debates 100 Years On, ed. Robin Aizlewood & Ruth Coates (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013), p.69-85.
Victims of the Struggle for Liberty: Helping Prisoners and Exiles in Late Imperial Russia
(Scholarly monograph, estimated to be available in late 2023)
For Martyrs or for Enemies: Aid to Political Prisoners in early Soviet Russia
(Scholarly monograph, estimated date of completion 2024-25.)
The Many Lives of Ekaterina Pavlovna Peshkova: Towards a Biography of a Humanitarian and Activist.
(Planned scholarly monograph, estimated date of completion 2024-25.)