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Dr. Louise Mcreynolds, a woman with short, grey hair and a blue shirt sits on a chair on a balcony. She is smiling and wearing sunglasses. Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae


BA Southern Methodist University, 1973
MA Indiana University, 1976
PhD University of Chicago, 1984

Research Interests

Louise McReynolds’s research interests include Imperial Russia, with a particular focus on “middlebrow” culture. More specifically, she is interested in the development of mass communications and leisure-time activities, and how these helped to shape identities in the nineteenth century, leading up to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. She is currently exploring the role of archaeology in brokering the competing visions of “nationalism” and “imperialism” in Tsarist Russia. Her other interests include film history and theory, critical theory and cultures studies, and historiography.

Some Notable Publications

  • Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia
    (Cornell, 2013)
  • Russia at Play: Leisure Activities at the End of the Tsarist Era (Cornell University Press, 2003)
  • Imitations of Life: Two Centuries of Melodrama in Russia, co-editor with Joan Neuberger (Duke University Press, 2001)
  • Entertaining Tsarist Russia: An Anthology of Popular Urban Cultural Sources in Late Imperial Russia, co-editor and co-translator, with James von Geldern (Indiana University Press, 1998). Includes a compact disk of songs and vaudeville routines.
  • Evdokiia Nagrodskaia, The Wrath of Dionysus, translator and editor (Indiana University Press, 1997)
  • The News Under Russia’s Old Regime: The Development of the Mass-Circulation Press (Princeton University Press, 1991)