Joseph Bradley


Professor of History236
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My research has focused on the processes of social and cultural change and the interaction between the state and society in tsarist Russia. My first two books studied the strains on urban infrastructure posed by massive peasant immigration as well as government efforts to transform the Russian small arms industry. My third book examined the role of voluntary associations in the development of civil society in imperial Russia. Using some of Russia’s most prominent learned societies as case studies, I analyzed the ways in which educated Russians took initiative, formed a public, and broke down the sense of isolation inherent in authoritarian regimes. This study of associations allows us to examine afresh the relationship between state and society and to understand the process by which subjects were becoming citizens.

My training in Russian and modern European history informs a comparative approach in my teaching and scholarship on Russia. My comparative training and interests have allowed me to teach seminars on the European middle class, themes in European history and literature, and on the role of civic organizations in American history. I have had extensive experience living and working in Russia and the former Soviet Union, including a stint as an editor in a Moscow publishing house. This experience helped me to teach, in the 1980s, a popular class titled “The Soviet Union Today.” Beginning in the 1990s, I have returned to Russia almost every summer to continue research and keep up with current developments.

My current research project is a history of the Moscow Polytechnical Museum, the nation’s premier site for popularizing science and technology from its founding in 1872, through revolution and Stalinism, up to the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1978
  • A.M. Harvard University, 1971
  • B.A. University of Wisconsin, 1968

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Visiting Associate Professor of History 1989-90
    • Georgetown University
  • Visiting Associate Professor of History 1987-88
    • Ohio State University
  • Visiting Fellow 1985, 1992
    • Russian Research Center, Harvard University
  • Visiting Scholar
    • Harriman Institute, Columbia University
  • Visiting Fellow 1983-84
    • School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
  • Visiting Assistant Professor 1977-78
    • Boston University
  • Adjunct professor 1975
    • Boston University

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Translator and Style Editor for Mir Publishers, Moscow 1975-76
  • Editor, Kritika, Russian Research Center, Harvard 1971-72
  • Co-editor, Russian Studies in History, 1993-present
  • Contributing editor, AHA Guide to Historical Literature, vol. 2, section 34 (Oxford University Press, 1995)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

Courses Taught at TU

  • History and Literature (HIST 3653)
  • Readings in Comparative Social and Cultural History: The Urge to Join: Civic Organizations in America and Britain (HIST 5723, 7723)
  • Russia and the West (HIST 2603)
  • Russia: Reform and Revolution (HIST 4423, 6453 )
  • Soviet Russia (HIST 4443, HIST 6473)

Awards & Recognition

  • 1968-1974 Graduate Prize Fellowship, Harvard University.
  • 1974-75 Dissertation Fellowship, Russian Research Center, Harvard.
  • 1978-79 Weatherhead Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University.
  • 1981, 1988 National Endowment of the Humanities summer stipend.
  • 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990 Tulsa University Summer Faculty Fellowship.
  • 1993-94 National Council for Soviet and East European Research.
  • 1993 National Endowment for the Humanities Archival Research Grant.
  • 2007 Kennan Institute for Advance Russian Studies Short-term grant.
  • Fall 1983-84 IREX Fellowship for Young Faculty Exchange in USSR.
  • 2007 Norris Endowment Visiting Scholar, Oklahoma State University.


  • Associations in Tsarist Russia: Science, Patriotism and Civil Society
    (Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, forthcoming, 2009)
  • Civil Society
    Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History (Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press), vol. 6 (2005): 123-135.
  • Civil Society
    Europe, 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire (Thomson-Gale Group, 2006), 1:464-469.
  • Civil Society and Forms of Association: The Russian Case in European Perspective
    [in Russian] in Bianka Petrov-Enker and Galina Ulianova, eds., Grazhdanskaia identichnost' i sfera grazhdanskoi deiatel'nosti v Rossiiskoi imperii vtoraia polovina XIX-nachalo XX veka [Civic Identity and the Public Sphere in Imperial Russia](Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2007): 63-99.
  • Kupecheskaia Moskva posle roboty: Dobrovol'nye obshchestva i dosuga
    Kupecheskaia Moskva: Obrazy ushedshe Rossiiskoi burzhazii trans. From English (Moscow: Rosspen, 2007).
  • Nauka v gorode: Osnovanie Moskovskogo politekhnicheskogo muzeia
    Rossiia XXI no. 2 (2005): 96-127.
  • Pictures at an Exhibition: Science, Patriotism and Civil Society in Imperial Russia
    Slavic Review (forthcoming)
  • Russian Congresses: Advocacy in Civil Society
    in Lars Nilsson, ed., Urban Europe in Comparative Perspective: Papers from the 8th International Conference on Urban History. Stockholm, 2007.
  • Science in the City: The Founding of the Moscow Polytechnical Museum
    in Boris Kolonitskii and Mark Steinberg, eds., Cultures of the Modern Russian City (St.Petersburg, forthcoming).
  • Subjects into Citizens: Societies, Civil Society and the State in Tsarist Russia
    The American Historical Review 107, no. 4 (October 2002): 1094-1123.