Department of History

Susan P. McCaffray,


  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1983
  • M.A., Duke University, 1979
  • B.A. The College of Wooster, 1976

Academic Interests

I am currently at work on a book entitled, The People and the Palace: St. Petersburg's Winter Palace, 1754-1917. With this project I am exploring the role this great palace played in the life of the capital city, both as a space of imperial representation and as a place experienced over the years by tens of thousands of the city's people. The Palace was a real place, whose story I hope to tell, and in the process I hope to portray state-society relations in late imperial Russia.

Courses Taught

Significant Publications

  • "Ordering the Tsar's Household: Winter Palace Servants in Nineteenth-Century St. Petersburg," Russian Review vol. 73, no. 1 (Jan. 2014): 64-82.
  • "Confronting Serfdom in the Age of Revolution: Projects for Serf Reform in the Time of Alexander I," The Russian Review, vol. 64, no. 1 (January 2005): 1-21.
  • Russia in the European Context, 1789-1914: A Member of the Family, ed. Susan P. McCaffray and Michael S. Melancon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
  • The Politics of Industrialization in Tsarist Russia: The Association of Southern Coal and Steel Producers. (Northern Illinois University Press, 1996.) A Choice Outstanding Academic Book.