Christian Raffensperger

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Springfield, OH, United States of America

Associate Professor in the History Department and Director of Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies and Russia & Central Eurasian Program at Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio). Received his BA from Bates College and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus' in the Medieval World (Harvard, 2012) and Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus' (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 2016). He is deeply interested in constructing new models of medieval Europe that more accurately replicate medieval interconnectivity throughout Europe and which connect Rus' in particular, and eastern Europe in general, into the rest of medieval Europe.

Personal website at Wittenberg University's History Department.

List of Publications: 


Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World, 988–1146 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012) - (see reviews in The American Historical Review, Slavic Review, Choice, and Comitatus)

Ties of Kinship: Rusian Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage  (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Publications, 2016)

The Kingdom of Rus: A Modern Revision to Medieval Europe [under contract to ARC-Humanities Press]

‘Death by an unknown hand:’ Kinship, Identity, and Conflict in Medieval Eastern Europe [in progress]


“Reimagining Europe: An Outsider Looks at the Medieval East-West Divide” in Forgotten Regions [volume under review]

“Iziaslav Iaroslavich’s Excellent Adventure: Constructing Kinship to Gain and Regain Power in Eleventh-Century Europe” Medieval Prosopography 30 (2016), 1-30.

“Identity in Flux: Finding Boris Kolomanovich in the Interstices of Medieval European History” The Medieval Globe 2:1 (2016), 15-39.

“Reimagining Europe: Discussing Rus’ in a Wider Context” in “Forum on Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World” Russian History 42:2 (2015), 204-216.

“The Place of Rus’ in Medieval Europe” History Compass 12:11, 853-865 (November, 2014)

“Mia syntome istoria tou kratous ton Ros [A brief history of the kingdom of Rus’],” in P. Sophoulis and A. Papageorgiou (eds), Mesaionikos slavikos kosmos (Herodotus: Athens 2014), 213-248.

“The Missing Rusian Women: The Case of Evpraksia Vsevolodovna.” In Putting Together the Fragments: Writing Medieval Women’s Lives. Ed. Amy Livingstone and Charlotte Newman Goldy (New York: Palgrave, 2012), 69–84.

“Mapping History: Using Technology to Showcase Medieval Familial Interconnectivity.” With David J. Birnbaum. Festschrift in Honor of Orysia Karapinka in Russian History/Histoire Russe 37:4 (2010), 305–21.

“Dynastic Marriage in Action: How Two Rusian Princesses Changed Scandinavia” Imenoslov, F. B. Uspenskii, ed. (Moscow: Indrik, 2009), 187–99.

“Shared (Hi)Stories: Vladimir of Rus’ and Harald Fairhair of Norway” Russian Review 68:4 (2009), 569–82.

“Rurik and the First Rurikids,” with Norman W. Ingham. The American Genealogist 82:1 (2007), 1–13 (part 1); 82:2 (2007), 111–19 (part 2).

“Rusian Economic and Marital Policy: An Initial Analysis of Correlations.” Festschrift in Honor of Richard Hellie in Russian History/Histoire Russe 34:1–4 (2007), 149–59.

“Rusian Influence on European Onomastic Traditions” Imenoslov: Istoricheskaia semantika imeni. (Moscow: Indrik, 2007), pp. 116-34.

“Revisiting the Idea of the Byzantine Commonwealth” Byzantinische Forschungen 28 (2004), 159–74.

“Evpraksia Vsevolodovna between East and West” Russian History/Histoire Russe 30:1–2 (2003), 23–34.