Kelly O’Neill

Kelly O'Neill
Kelly
O’Neill

Director, Imperiia Project
Lecturer on History 

Staff
Scholar-Entrepreneur

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.

Expertise
Imperial Russia
economy and trade in the Black Sea
historical GIS.
Current Project
Bounty: A History of Russian Maritime Economies

Education

Ph.D.
, History
, Harvard University
Selected Publications

"Between Subversion and Submission: the Integration of the Crimean Khanate into the Russian Empire, 1783–1853," Ph.D. Dissertation (Harvard University, 2006).

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Telephone
617-496-7293