Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Dinah Jansen

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Imperial and Soviet Russia; Modern Europe, World History; British Empire



Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298



PhD, Queen's University, 2015
MA, Carleton University, 2009
BA, Queen's University, 2007


Stemming from her PhD thesis "After October: Russian Liberalism as a Work in Progress, 1917-1945," Dinah Jansen researches the survival and evolution of Russian liberal thought in exile after the Russian Revolution.  Unlike other works in the field that focus on art and culture in the history of Russia Abroad, her work harnesses 'politics' as an critical element in daily life, thought, and print media of the Russian diaspora in interwar France.  She focuses on how liberal groups and actors established particular myths about their ideal homeland and mobilized critical historical developments in and outside of the Soviet Union in order to elaborate their evolving ideology regarding the health, strength, and greatness of the Russian state.  Through the lens of exile, she argues that liberals deployed their ideals in an attempt to fashion an entirely new kind of state out of the old empire, thus challenging the older paradigm that this exile community was populated solely by reactionary monarchists bent on restoration of the empire and autocracy 'as it had been'.  In the liberals' discourse regarding topics such as Russian territorial rights, security, the autocratic past and socialist present, Russia's place in world history, its position vis-a-vis the modern West, and the question of loyalty toward the USSR in the face of imminent war with Nazi Germany, Jansen also evaluates critical tensions that emerged in Russian liberal thought and action, indicating that the ethos was not a static import from the old empire, but very much a lively, and highly contentious work-in-progress.  Ultimately, her work contributes to the fields of Russian political and revolutionary history by telling the story of Russian liberalism and its continued growth parallel to and outside of Soviet Russia after 1917.

Courses Taught

HIST 421-The Russian Revolution
HIS 2117A-History of the USSR (University of Ottawa)
HIST 316-European Politics and Society since 1789
HIST 122-The Making of the Modern World/World History


"Wilsonian Principles and the Defence of Russian Territory at Versailles, 1919." In Oleg Budnitsky, Michael Hughes, David McDonald and David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Eds.  The International History of Russia’s Great War and Revolution. 2 vols. Columbus: Slavica, forthcoming in 2017.

Review of Anthony Anemone, Ed. Just Assassins: The Culture of Terrorism in Russia (Evanston (IL): Northwestern University Press, 2010), in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. 54, No. 1-2 (March-June 2012): 228-230.

"The Conflict between Self-Determination & Territorial Integrity: South Ossetia in Perspective," in Hoque, Sabrina ed., Geopolitics vs. Global Governance: Reinterpreting International Security (Halifax: Dalhousie University Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2009): 222-242.

"Canada's Role in Russian Weapons Security and Disarmament: The G8 Global Partnership Revisited," Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Autumn 2009): 6-15.

"Life Lessons: Vera Figner and the Russian Revolutionary Movement, 1861-1881," Minerva Journal of Women and War, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 2009): 24-42.

Fellowships & Scholarships

2013-2014-Ellen Wilson Buzek Fellowship
2011-2013 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship
2011-2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined)
2009-2012-Ellen Wilson Buzek Fellowship
2009-2011 Ontario Graduate Scholarship