Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin


(574) 631-9907
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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Time Period(s)
Early Modern, Modern
Intellectual, Political, Urban
Europe, Russia

Alexander Martin's research focuses on Imperial Russia between the mid-18th and mid-19th century. His first monograph was an intellectual and political history: Romantics, Reformers, Reactionaries, a study of Russian conservatism in the era of the Napoleonic Wars. His second was an urban history: Enlightened Metropolis, a book that explores the transformation of Moscow into a modern city from the perspective of social, intellectual, and urban history. He has also edited and translated Dmitrii Rostislavov’s Provincial Russia in the Age of Enlightenment, an account of a village boy’s encounter with Imperial Russia’s schools, bureaucracy, and hierarchical social order.  

His current project is titled A Man of Two Empires: J.A. Rosenstrauch’s Odyssey in the Holy Roman Empire and Tsarist Russia.  This is a microhistory of an obscure but colorful individual who lived in Germany and Russia as a barber-surgeon, actor, merchant, freemason, pastor, and writer.  Reconstructing Rosenstrauch’s story and the worlds in which he lives, A Man of Two Empires is an exploration of empire, mobilities, and self-fashioning in the era of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.  

From 2003 to 2011, Martin was an editor of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.


Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855 (Oxford University Press, 2013).  Winner of the Marc Raeff Prize of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association and the Best Book Award (non-North American) of the Urban History Association.  Russian edition published in 2015.

Editor and author of the introduction to И. А. Розенштраух, Исторические происшествия в Москве 1812 года во время присутствия в сем городе неприятеля [J. A. Rosenstrauch, Historical Events in Moscow in 1812 at the Time of the Enemy’s Presence in this City] (Moscow: NLO, 2015)

Editor and translator of Dmitrii Rostislavov, Provincial Russia in the Age of Enlightenment: The Memoir of a Priest’s Son (Northern Illinois University Press, 2002)

Romantics, Reformers, Reactionaries: Russian Conservative Thought and Politics in the Reign of Alexander I (Northern Illinois University Press, 1997)