Dr. Anna Graber is a historian of modern and early modern Russia specializing in the scientific culture of the Russian Enlightenment. She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in December 2016. Before coming to NU, Dr. Graber was a Davis Center Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. In addition to her affiliation with NU, Dr. Graber is a Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Primary Source Studies at Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia and a Davis Center Associate. Anna Graber’s work examines the science and technology of the Russian mining industry in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. During this period, Russia went from being a net importer of metals to Eurasia’s leading producer of iron, copper, and silver. Using sources including factory records, scientific correspondence, mineral catalogues, maps, folk tales, and metallurgical treatises, Dr. Graber investigates the creation and circulation of mining knowledge across Eurasia from German mining centers to Eastern Siberia. In the book manuscript she is preparing for publication, Tsardom of Rock: Science, Society, and Enlightenment in the Russian Mining Industry, Dr. Graber situates mineralogical study and mining activity in the context of Enlightened reform. She argues that mines in the Urals and Siberia served as laboratories where wealthy mine owners and state mining officials tested new methods of knowing and governing the Russian Empire.
Dr. Graber says, “I chose to come to NU for the opportunity to experiment and grow as a scholar and teacher. Already early in the semester I’ve found great satisfaction in working closely with the excellent, engaged students in my seminars. It’s been a fascinating pedagogical experience to teach Kazakh and Russian history in the former Soviet Union — students have a range of background knowledge and strongly held opinions that I can’t always predict, and it’s been rewarding to work through primary sources with students that sometimes support, and often challenge, what they thought they knew. I’ve found an intellectual home among my colleagues in our department, especially with so many fellow Russianists around, and I’ve already enjoyed some great conversations. I really appreciate the energy of this new university, and I’m excited for what I can accomplish here.”
For the fall semester 2017 Dr. Graber is teaching HST 100: History of Kazakhstan and HST 327: Global Cold War.
Welcome to NU Dr. Graber!