Faith Hillis

Assistant Professor
Department of History and the College

Faith Hillis is a historian of imperial Russia with a special interest in the politics, society, and culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her book manuscript in progress, “The Ukrainian Cauldron: Illiberal Mass Politics and the Demise of the Russian Empire,” follows the residents of Kiev, one of the Russian empire’s largest and most diverse cities, as they learned to practice politics over the last century of tsarist rule.

Showing how a handful of intellectuals opposed to capitalism, liberalism, and long-standing local traditions of intercultural accommodation used Kiev urban politics to consolidate the Russian empire’s most powerful right-wing movement, the project also considers how developments in Kiev shaped political agendas and identities across the Russian empire.

Hillis received her PhD in history from Yale University in 2009, winning dissertation awards from Yale’s Graduate School as well as the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. Her research has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Whiting Foundation, and Fulbright-Hays program, among others. Prior to joining the Chicago faculty, Hillis was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.

Hillis joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.

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