I was drawn to Russian history because of my interest in revolutionary figures and revolutionary movements. My first book was a biography of the Russian revolutionary Vera Figner and my second is a study of Russian revolutionary émigrés living in liberal Britian in the decades before the Russian Revolution of 1917. I am drawn to studies of individual historical figures and biographies. For me, historical studies revolve around individuals and assertions of agency. In between my two books I wrote and filmed two courses for The Great Courses: Understanding Russia: A Cultural History and The Great Revolutions of Modern History. When I am not working on my scholarship, I am teaching students at Villanova and runnign the Graduate Program in history at Villanova. I also avidly follow politics
Lynne Hartnett is Associate Professor of History at Villanova University.