Margins Zarubezh NLO Foreign Faiths
Paul W. Werth

Department  of History

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Box 455020
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 89154-5020
702-895-3344 (phone)
702-895-1782 (fax)

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Paul Werth joined the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1997, after receiving his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1996, and is now Professor in the Department of History. In 2004-2005 he was visting fellow at the Slavic Research Center at the University of Hokkaido, Japan; a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina in 2007-2008; and a visting fellow at the Center for Advanced study at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany in 2011. From 2009 until the summer of 2015 he served as one of the three editors of the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. In 2013-14 he was chair of UNLV's Faculty Senate and has since become chair of its Department of History.

His research has focused on the problem of religious freedom in the Russian Empire and the role of religious institutions and personnel in tsarist imperial governance. He has published articles in Social History, Slavic Review, Nationalities Papers, Kritika, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Russian ReviewAb Imperio, Cahiers du Monde russe Journal of Modern History. His first book, At the Margins of Orthodoxy, was published with Cornell University Press in 2002, and a book of his essays in Russian translation appeared in 2012 as Православие, инославие, иноверие: Очерки по истории религиозного разнообразия Российской Империи (Новое литературное обозрение). In 2014 he completed The Tsar's Foreign Faiths: Toleration and the Fate of Religious Freedom in Imperial Russia (Oxford University Press), now availabel in paperback. He is presently particpant in a project entitled Empire in Asia based at the National University of Singapore and is writing two essays on Russia's empire in Asia. He plans further to write a book on the year 1837 in Russia and then a study on the forest in Russia as terrain, resource, and symbol. He might be able to begin making real progress on these projects once his term as department chair ends in 2017.

Other Course Offerings

History 348
World War I


History 445
Modern Russian Cultural History
(Religion in Russia & the USSR)

History 464
20th-century Europe

History 322
Terrorism in the Russian Empire

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PUBLICATIONS. Below find links to several of my articles, as premitted by copyright law. Please see my CV above for a full list of publications.

The Inaugural Desert Workshop of Russian History, 3-4 March 2017



Directions & Practical Information (.doc)

Ross, "Wives, Patients, Believers" 

Manchester, "Imagining the Soviet Union"

Wirtschafter, "Russian Diplomacy"

Hamburg, "Legal Revolution under Ivan  the Terrible"

Edgar, "What to Call the Children?"

Kollmann, "Conundrums of Punishment"

Hardy & Skorobogatova, "We're Talking about a Person's Life"

Peterson, "Subversion to Rebellion"