MA Areas of Specialization

The department offers training in three difined areas of specialization: East Asian history since 1600, European history since 1500 and United States history.
Maya K. Peterson
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
    831-459-4915 (office), 831-459-2555 (message)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, 216
  • Office Hours Winter 2021: On leave
  • Mail Stop Stevenson Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Environmental History, History, Water, Colonialism, European Studies, History of Science, Russia, Soviet and Post Soviet Studies, Environmental Studies, Asian Studies
  • Courses HIS 152 Trade and Travel on the Silk Roads, HIS 152C Islam in Eurasia, HIS 173B Imperial Russia, HIS 173C The Soviet Union, HIS 177 Environment in the 19th Century, HIS 196F Environment and Empire, HIS 196O The Russian Revolution, HIS 196V The Soviet Experience, HIS 202 Practicing World History, HIS 251A Readings in Modern European History: Environment and Technology

Summary of Expertise

Russian History
European History of the 19th and 20th centuries
Environmental History
Central Asia

Research Interests

Imperial Russian and Soviet history
Comparative empire/colonialism
Central Asian history
Water
Environmental History
History of science, technology, and medicine

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. with High Honors in History (major), Russian (minor), and German Studies (concentration), Swarthmore College, 2002

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Summer Research Laboratory Associate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2020-21
  • UCSC Digital Instruction Project Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Visiting Researcher, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany, Fall 2018
  • UCHRI Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop award, 2017
  • UCSC IHR Faculty Fellowship, 2016
  • Carson Center Fellowship, 2012-13 (Rachel Carson Center, LMU, Munich, Germany)
  • College Fellowship, 2011-12 (Dept. of the History of Science, Harvard University)
  • Social Science Research Council Eurasia Dissertation Support Fellowship, 2010-11
  • American Society for Environmental History Travel Grant, 2009
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2008-09
  • Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2008-09
  • 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), 2004-05; 2003-04
  • Abby and George O'Neill Graduate Research Travel Grant, 2004 (Harvard University)
  • Fulbright IIE Fellowship, 2002-03 (Berlin, Germany)  
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2002                                                                                

Teaching Interests

Russian and Soviet history
Environmental History
History of Science and Technology
History of the Silk Roads
Comparative empire/colonialisms