Faculty Research

Peter Scotto's Research

Professor Scotto's research interests lie in 19th- and 20-century Russian literature. Currently he is investigating the life and work of Sergei Stepniak Kravchinskii, a 19th-century Russian terrorist-turned-novelist, who was forced to flee to England, where he became one of the foremost interpreters of the Russian Revolutionary movement to the English-speaking world. Professor Scotto's article on Stepniak's novel, The Career of a Nihilist, is scheduled to appear in a collection on the culture of Russian terrorism to be published by Northwestern University Press. He is currently at work on a piece tentatively titled "The Topography of Terror: Distortions of Time and Space in the Dynamite Novel."

Stephen Jones' Research

Stephen F. Jones is professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Mount Holyoke College (Ph.D. London School of Economics, 1984). Professor Jones specializes in modern Russia politics and the Caucasus and works in partiicular on post-communist societies and their problems of transition, such as state-building and democratization. Author of Socialism in Georgian Colors: The European Road to Social Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2005), Professor Jones has written over 70 articles and chapters on Georgian politics and history. Professor Jones has traveled to Georgia as a consultant for the World Bank and UNHCR (the United Nations High Commission for Refugees) to examine the impact of economic reform and to investigate the plight of IDPs.