Kristin Collins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Preston 119

(814) 824-3611

Dr. Collins most recent project seeks to bring together her research, teaching, and art through the graphic novel.  In such a vein, she is presently working on a graphic novel tentatively titled, “A Widow’s Tale: Violence, Gender, & Crime in the nineteenth-century Caucasus,” based on an archival bride-stealing case which demonstrates the inner workings of Caucasian families, marriage customs, and the ways that local inhabitants approached, used, and confronted the newly installed Tsarist system of justice. I am a proponent of utilizing art and media in my own work finding that it is, indeed, one of the best ways to tell a story and encourage interest in both novices and experts alike.


Ph.D., history, The Ohio State University, 2011
M.A., Slavic and East European Studies, The Ohio State University, 2003
M.A., history, Florida State University, 2001
B.A., history, University of New Hampshire, 1994


Teaching and Research Interests:
· World History
· Russian History
· Soviet History
· History of Empires
· Gender and Women’s History
· Law, Violence, and Crime


Courses Taught:
· World History II and III
· Western Civilization
· Imperial Russia
· Soviet Russia


Current Research:
Russia became perhaps the most multi-ethnic and multi-confessional empire on the planet, and yet historians have routinely not discussed the gendered aspects of this story. My project investigates Caucasian law, violence, and community life as sites of contact between tsarist agents and indigenous Caucasian populations through a lens of gender. The project provides a more personal side of empire and reveals a new side of empire – indigenous populations barely affected by the tentacles of imperial thought.