Matthew Romaniello

romaniello_matthew_2016_192x243Associate Professor
Russia, Early Modern Europe, History of Medicine

Editor, Sibirica

Office: Sakamaki B201
Phone: (808) 956-7407

BA Brown, 1995; MA, PhD Ohio State University 1998, 2003



Professor Romaniello received his B.A. in European History from Brown University in 1995; M.A. in Russian History from Ohio State University in 1998; and Ph.D from Ohio State in 2003 with candidacy fields in Russia and Eastern Europe, Medieval Europe, and Gender and Sexuality. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Mason University and its Center for History and New Media from 2005 to 2007. His first monograph was a study of relationship between the Russian Empire and its Muslim subjects in the early modern era. He is currently working on two new projects. One is a study of the economic competition between Russia and Britain over Eurasian trade networks with the Middle East and Asia. The other is a study of health and illness in the Russian Empire, examining state regulation of colonial bodies.

Courses Taught

Russian History (Tsarist, Modern, Russia in Asia and the Pacific) 454, 456, 457; History of Medicine (Global Disease, Colonial Medicine) 156, 453; Early Modern Europe (Renaissance and Reformation Europe, East European Empires) 339, 351



2012  The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671, (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press)

Edited Volumes

2016  Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present, edited with Tricia Starks (London: Bloomsbury)

2014  European Encounters with Islam in Asia, edited with Matthew Lauzon, special issue of The Journal of World History, 25:2-3 (2014)

2011  Contested Spaces of Nobility in Early Modern Europe, edited with Charles Lipp, (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate)

2009  Tobacco in Russian History and Culture: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present, edited with Tricia Starks, (New York: Routledge); Paperback edition, 2011

Recent Articles

2017  “‘Tobacco! Tobacco!’ Exporting New Habits to Siberia and Russian America,” Sibirica 16:2 (2017): 1-26

2017  “Trans-regional Trade in Early Modern Eurasia,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, ed. David Ludden (Oxford: Oxford University Press), <>

2016  “Russian Women and Orthodox Ideals on the Early Modern Frontier,” Журнал фронтирных исследований [Journal of Frontier Studies], no. 3 (2016): 18-37

2016  “Humoral Bodies in Cold Climates,” in Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present

2016  “True Rhubarb? Trading Eurasian Botanical and Medical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century,” The Journal of Global History, 11:1 (2016): 3-23

2016  “Customs and Consumption: Russian Tobacco Habits in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” in The Global Lives of Things: Materiality, Material Culture and Commodities in the First Global Age, edited by Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello (London: Routledge), 183-97

2015  “Trade and Global Economy,” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, edited by Hamish Scott (New York: Oxford University Press), II: 307-33

2013  “Who Should Smoke? Tobacco and the Humoral Body in Early Modern England,” The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, 27:2 (2013): 156-73

Web Projects

Making the History of 1989
Russian History Blog