Director, Imperiia Project
Lecturer on History
Kelly O'Neill is a historian of the Russian Empire and an advocate of spatial history. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on tsarist history, digital history, and the history of cartography. Her book, Claiming Crimea: A History of Catherine the Great’s Southern Empire (Yale University Press, 2017), received an honorable mention for the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. She conducts training workshops in historical GIS tools and methods and regularly presents her research to audiences ranging from high school students to colleagues at academic institutions around the world. Kelly holds both a PhD in History and an MA in Regional Studies—Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA) from Harvard University.
"Between Subversion and Submission: the Integration of the Crimean Khanate into the Russian Empire, 1783–1853," Ph.D. Dissertation (Harvard University, 2006).