Julia Fein

Visiting Assistant Professor

Macalester College

Julia Fein is a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College. She joined the Macalester faculty following two years at Rutgers University, where she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and part of an interdisciplinary research seminar called “Networks of Exchange: Mobilities of Knowledge in a Globalized World.” She received her doctorate in Russian/Soviet history from the University of Chicago in 2012. In addition to imperial Russian and Soviet history, her research interests include history of science and knowledge, history of empires in comparative perspective, history of northern and Central Asia, environmental history, and history of food. In researching her manuscript, Collecting Empire in Revolutionary Russia: Museums, Lives, and Politics in Siberia,, she worked in twenty-seven archives in fifteen Russian cities and towns in Siberia, Moscow, and St Petersburg, retracing epistolary and exchange networks from a hundred years ago. Her publications from this research are called “Talking Rocks in the Irkutsk Museum: Networks of Science in Late Imperial Siberia,” and “Science and the Sacred in Buddhist Buryatia: The Politics of Chita’s Museum-Temple, 1899-1914.” She has recently begun preliminary research on a second project relating to the history of the food industry in Russia/the USSR in the twentieth century that took her to Moscow, Almaty, and Novosibirsk.