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Deirdre Harshman

Department of History

Deirdre Harshman

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 321
(757) 594-7121


  • Ph D in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BA in History and English Writing, University of Pittsburgh


Global History
Russian/Soviet History
Urban History
Gender Studies


Russian/Soviet History
Urban History
Everyday Life
Gender Studies
Utopian Studies


Dr. Harshman is a historian of modern Russia, focusing on urban spaces in the revolutionary period (1890-1935). Her current book project, The Unruly Everyday: Managing Housing, Home, and the Russian City, 1890-1935, argues that managing the everyday was a fundamental part of the modern project. In the rapidly growing Russian city of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the home was a site of such management, and the book traces how it occurred in domestic sites and relationships such as the kitchen, the landlord-tenant relationship, and nighttime flophouses. Dr. Harshman is also the Book Review Editor of The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review.

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