Concordia University

Alison Rowley, PhD

Professor, History

Office: S-LB 1041-1 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2421

Alison Rowley received her B.A. Honours in History from Carleton University in 1993 and then went on to get her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2000. Her research interests centre around Russian social history, women's history, and Russian popular culture from the 1850s to the end of World War II.

Her current book projects include:

Putin Kitsch in America (advanced contract with McGill-Queen's University Press).
[For more information about the project, see this interview with Mark Hay:

And this interview with Steven Blum:]

Imagining Russia in America: Depicting the Other - from the Tsars to the Soviets (advanced contract with I.B. Tauris).

In 2016 Professor Rowley won a Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Faculty of Arts and Science.  She is also presently the President of the Canadian Association of Slavists.


B.A. Carleton University (Ottawa), Ph.D.Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)

Open Letters: Russian Popular Culture and the Picture Postcard, 1880-1922

Teaching activities


2017/18 Winter Semester Teaching:

HIST 371/4 History of the Russian Revolutionary Movement

HIST 378/4 History of the Soviet Union

Courses taught

HIST 202 History of Modern Europe

HIST 371 History of the Russian Revolutionary Movement

HIST 377 History of Russia

HIST 378 History of Soviet Union

HIST 437 Confronting Stalin's Legacy, 1953-1991 

HIST 437 Narratives of the Stalin Era  

(These 400-level seminars are cross-listed at the 600-level for MA students.)


Recent publications

"Russian Revolutionary as American Celebrity: a Case Study of Yekaterina Breshko-Breshkovskaya," in The Palgrave Handbook on Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia, ed. M. Ilic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 7-23.

"'Trump and Putin sittin’ in a Tree': Material Culture, Slash and the Pornographication of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election," Porn Studies, Vol. 4, No. 4 (2017), pp. 381-405.

"Dark Tourism and the Death of Russian Emperor Alexander II, 1881-1891," The Historian, Vol. 79, No. 2 (Summer 2017), pp. 229-55.

Open Letters:  Russian Popular Culture and the Picture Postcard, 1880-1922 (University of Toronto Press, 2013).

"Picture Postcards as Recorders of the Changing Cult of Lenin, 1918-1930," The NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928, Vol. 4 (2010), pp. 11-29 .

"The New Soviet Woman at the 1939 New York's World Fair," in T.J. Boisseau and A.M. Markwyn, eds., Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at World's Fairs (University of Illinois Press, 2010), pp. 37-55.

"Monarchy and the Mundane: Picture Postcards and Images of the Romanovs, 1890-1917," Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 22, No. 2, 125-152.

"Where Are All the Mother-Heroines? Images of Maternity in Soviet Films of the 1930s," Canadian Journal of History, Vol. 44, (Spring/Summer 2009), pp. 25-38.

"Popular Culture and Visual Narratives of Revolution: Russian Postcards, 1905-1922," Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 21, No. 1 (June 2008), pp. 1-31.

"Masha Grab Your Gun: 1930s Images of Soviet Women and the Defense of Their Country," MINERVA: Women and War  2/1 (Spring 2008), pp. 34-69.

"A Third Wave Writer and the Prose Tradition of the Soviet 1920s: The Similarities Between Zinovii Zinik's 'Cricket' and Iuri Olesha's Envy," Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. 49, Nos. 3-4 (2007), pp. 9-23.

"Sport in the Service of the State: Images of Physical Culture and Soviet Women, 1917-1941," The International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol 23, No 8 (2006), pp. 1314-1340.

"Spreading the Bolshevik Message? Soviet Regional Periodicals for Women in the 1920s and 1930s," Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. 47, Nos. 1-2 (2005), pp. 1-16.

"Beyond the Archives and Into Cyberspace: e-Bay as a Source For Historical Research and Teaching Materials," Women-East-West, No. 77 (2003), pp. 2-3.

"Kandinsky's Theory of Color and Olesha's Envy,"  Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. 44, Nos. 3-4 (2002), pp. 251-261.

"From the Concerns of Women to the Concerns of the State: Soviet Women's Magazines 1917-1941," Solanus: International Journal for Russian and East European Bibliographic, Library and Publishing Studies, Vol. 16 (2002), pp.85-97.

"Miniature Propaganda: Self-Definition and Soviet Postage Stamps, 1917-1941," Slavonica, Vol. 8, No. 2 (2002), pp. 135-157.

"Ready for Work and Defence: visual Progaganda and Soviet Women's Military Preparedness in the 1930s," Minerva: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military, Special Issue: Soviet and Russian Women's Experience of War and the Military, Vol. 18, Nos. 3-4 (2000), pp. 3-15.

"In the Blink of An Eye: The Assassination of Alexander II and Its Impact on Russia," Mental Floss (Spring 2000), pp. 43-44.

Work in progress

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