Michael C. Paul
Michael C. Paul was born in Columbia, Missouri and grew up in Manhattan, Kansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree with Departmental Honors (equivalent to cum laude) in Political Science from the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1993 and master’s degrees in Political Science and Russian and East European Studies (REES) in 1996, also from Kansas. In the summer of 1995 and the spring of 1996, he studied Russian at the St. Petersburg State Mining Institute and the Center for Russian Language and Culture at St. Petersburg State University. He spent most of 1997 and the first part of 1998 working in St. Petersburg before returning to the U.S. to continue his graduate education. He completed his Ph.D. in 2003 with an Award of Academic Merit (equivalent to summa cum laude) in Russian History from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he studied under the direction of Janet Martin.
Dr. Paul’s first book, The Nation in History: A Theoretical Overview, coauthored with Laura Cruz, is to be published by Pearson-Longman in 2006. He is currently working on his second book, ‘A Man Chosen by God’: The Office of Archbishop in Novgorod the Great up to the Muscovite Conquest, a revised version his doctoral dissertation. His articles have appeared in such journals as Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Russian History/Histoire Russe, The Journal of Military History, and Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture. He has also contributed entries to The Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History (SMERSH), The Encyclopedia of Russian History, and other encyclopedias.
Dr. Paul’s broader research and teaching interests are in Russian history, especially Medieval Novgorod and the history of Rus', Eastern European history, the history of Orthodox Christianity, the Mongol Empire, and Medieval Western European history. He has held several visiting assistant professorships and teaching fellowships at universities in Miami and Indianapolis, and was most recently Visiting Assistant Professor of World History at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
His Fulbright research in Russia will be on the Novgorodian archbishops from the Muscovite Conquest (1478) to the creation of the metropolitanate in Novgorod in 1589, a continuation of his dissertation work that looked at the office during Novgorod the Great’s independence from the twelfth to the late fifteenth century. He will be affiliated with St. Petersburg State University, conducting archival research in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and will also be visiting Novgorod His research is aimed at not only increasing the general historic narrative of the archiepiscopal office and broader Novgorodian and Russian history, but also aims at using the office and the city as a prism through which to look at how the regions (in this case Novgorod) changed under Muscovite rule and how Moscow adapted itself as new regions were incorporated into Muscovy and Russia.