Maya K. Peterson

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
Phone831-459-4915 (office),
831-459-2555 (message)
Office216 Stevenson
Office HoursWinter 2016: Wed., 10-11:45
Campus Mail StopStevenson Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Maya K. Peterson

Research Interests

Imperial Russian and Soviet history
Comparative empire/colonialism
Central Asian history
Environmental History
History of engineering
History of frontiers and borderlands

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. in History, Harvard University, 2011
A.M. in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, Harvard University, 2005

B.A. in History (major), Russian (minor), and German Studies (concentration), Swarthmore College, 2002

Honors, Awards and Grants

IHR Faculty Fellowship, 2016

Carson Center Fellowship, 2012-2013 (Rachel Carson Center, LMU, Munich, Germany)

College Fellowship, 2011-2012 (Department of the History of Science, Harvard University)

SSRC Eurasia Dissertation Support Fellowship, 2010-2011

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2008-2009

SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2008-2009

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, 2007

Merle Fainsod Prize, 2005-06; 2003-04 (Harvard University)

Roger Martin Travel and Research Grant, 2005-06 (Harvard University)

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (Russian), 2004-2005; 2003-2004

Abby and George O'Neill Graduate Research Travel Grant, 2004

Fulbright IIE Fellowship, 2002-2003 (Berlin, Germany)

Graduated with High Honors, 2002 (Swarthmore College)

Phi Beta Kappa, 2002 (Swarthmore College)

Social Sciences Division Grant for Summer Research, 2001 (Swarthmore College)

Teaching Interests

Russian and Soviet history
Modern European history
Environmental History
History of Science and Technology
History of the Silk Roads
Comparative empire/colonialism
Comparative borderlands

Courses Taught

HIS 177 Environment in the 19th Century
HIS 196W Brave New World: Visions of Utopia in the Soviet Union
HIS 173B Imperial Russia, 1696-1917
HIS 152 Trade and Travel on the Silk Roads
HIS 173A Medieval Russia
HIS 196V The Soviet Experience
HIS 173C The Soviet Union