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Dr. Nikolaos Chrissidis

professor of History             Dr. Chrissidis's Photo         

Office:EN C211E


PhD, Yale University
MPhil, Yale University 
MA, Yale University
BA, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

Selected Publications


1) Russian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Piety, Patronage and Politics from the Middle Ages to the Revolution. Under Contract with I.B. Tauris (London, UK).

2) An Academy at the Court of the Tsars: Greek Scholars and Jesuit Education in Early Modern Russia (DeKalb, IL.: Northern Illinois University Press, 2016) 


Co-Edited book

Nikolaos Chrissidis, Cathy Potter, David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, and Jennifer Spock, eds. Religion and Identity in Russia and the Soviet Union: A Festschrift for Paul Bushkovitch. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2011.

Book Chapters and Articles

1. "A Ladies' Saint: The Miracles of Tsar Nicholas II." In D. Stamatopoulos and Tassos Anastasiadis, ed. Religion and Politics in Europe's Orients (Accepted by editors, volume currently being considered).

2. "Between Forgiveness and Indulgence: Funerary Prayers of Absolution in Russia." In The Tapestry of Russian Christianity: Studies in History and Culture. Edited by Nicholas Lupinin, Donald Ostrowski, and Jennifer B. Spock. Ohio Slavic Papers, vol. 10, Eastern Christian Studies, vol. 2 (Columbus, OH: Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures with the assistance of the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, Ohio State University, 2016), pp. 261-93.

3. "Red Beard, Baba & Co.: Piracy and Parody in Asterix," in Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, Fifteenth-Nineteenth Centuries. Edited by David Starkey and Gelina Harlaftis (Athens: Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, 2016), pp. 151-160.

4. Afonizatsiia blagochestivykh stranstvii: ukromnye sviatyni, temnye dela i logistika palomnichestva v Odesse kontsa XIX v." Russkii Sbornik v. 19 (2016), pp. 378-407. This is a translation into Russian of my article "The Athonization of Pious Travel... ." published in 2012/13 in Modern Greek Studies Yearbook.

5. "The World of Eastern Orthodoxy," The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750, vol. 1: Peoples and Place, ed. by Hamish Scott (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 626-651.

6. "The Athonization of Pious Travel: Shielded Shrines, Shady Deals and Pilgrimage Logistics in Late Nineteenth-Century Odessa," special section on pilgrimage edited by Chris Chulos with commentary by Christine Worobec, Modern Greek Studies Yearbook v. 28/29 (2012-2013), pp. 169-191.

7. "Greek Teachers, Jesuit Curriculum, Russian Students: The Slavo-Greco-Latin Academy of Moscow in Historiographical Perspective," Kyïvs'ka Akademiia, v. 10 (2012), pp. 90-116.

8. "Crying Their Hearts Out: A Case of Public Penance in the Era of Catherine the Great," in Nikolaos Chrissidis et al., eds. Religion and Identity in Russia and the Soviet Union: A Festschrift for Paul Bushkovitch (Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2011), pp. 107-125.

9. "Greeks in Seventeenth-Century Russia." In Donald Ostrowski and Marshall Poe, eds. Portraits of Old Russia (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2011), pp. 154-164.

10. "Sex, Drink and Drugs: Tobacco in Early Modern Russia." In Matthew Romaniello and Tricia Starks, eds. Tobacco in Russian History and Culture: The Seventeenth Century to the Present. (New York: Routledge, 2009), pp. 26-43.

11. "Whoever does not drink to the end, he wishes evil: Ritual Drinking and Politics in Early Modern Russia," in Valerie Kivelson et al., eds. The New Muscovite Cultural History: A Collection in Honor of Daniel B. Rowland. (Bloomington: Slavica Publishers, 2009), pp. 107-124.

12. Аристотель Иезуитов в Росcии XVII века: космология и планетная система в Славяно- Греко-Латинской Академии." Russkii Sbornik, v. 5 (2008), pp. 37-66. Russian translation of my 2004 article cited under no. 14 below.

13. "A Jesuit Aristotle in Seventeenth-Century Russia: Cosmology and the Planetary System in the Slavo-Greco-Latin Academy." In Marshall Poe and Jarmo Kotilaine, eds. Modernizing Muscovy: Reform and Social Change in Seventeenth-Century Russia (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), pp. 391-416.


teaching and research interests

Russian religious and cultural history; Russian- Greek cultural relations


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