Christopher Comer, Dean
H&S Chairs & Directors
Associate Professor of History & Chair of the History Department
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 502: Readings in Modern Europe (grad course)
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
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), 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.
Greene advises graduate students working in all fields of imperial and Soviet-era Russian history, with particular emphasis on cultural and religious history. Prospective MA students, and current PhD students preparing an examination field in modern European or Russian history, should contact him with questions.
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004 (History)
M.A., University of Michigan, 1998 (History)
B.A., University of Rochester, 1997 (History and Russian Studies)
Russian Orthodox belief and practice; pilgrimage; apostasy & (de)conversion narratives; miracle stories; saintly cults and holy relics
The image and cult of Patriarch St. Germogen in late imperial Russia
Antireligious museums in the early Soviet period
Apostate priests after the Revolution
A cultural and social history of the Moscow Zoo
The real war on Christmas: Bolshevik anti-Christmas campaigns in the 1920s
Field of Study
Cultural and Social History of Russia and the Soviet Union; Religious History
* 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).
"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 History, The Historian, Church History, Social History, and Montana: The Magazine of Western History
2013-present: Chair, Department of History, University of Montana
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
Co-director of the Russian Studies Program
Faculty affiliate and member of the advisory council of the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center