Professor of History at University of North Georgia. Received his BA from Kenyon College in 1992 and earned PhD from Indiana University - Bloomington in 2005. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, lived and worked for almost a decade in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine, staying in cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, Volgograd, Almaty, Atyrau, and L’viv. Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Modern History of Russia. His research focuses on life in the former Soviet Union from the beginning of the Second World War in 1939 until that country's collapse in 1991. Latest publication – Kyiv as Regime City: The Return of Soviet Power after Nazi Occupation (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2016) – examines the relationship between the ruling Communist Party and the people of Kyiv, Ukraine following the Nazi occupation. His current project examines expectations for change in Leningrad in the late 1980s.