Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Ana Siljak

Associate Professor
Russian and East European History 


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74355
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 203



Ph.D., Harvard University,1997


Previously taught at Northwestern University, University of Chicago.

Courses Taught


The Balkans in Modern Times; History of Terrorism; History of Imperial Russia; Russian Literature and Politics: Revolution, Radicalism, Terrorism; History of European Civilization; Power, Identity, and Resistance

Major Publications

“’The Beauteous Terrorist’: Russian Women and Terrorism in Literature at the Turn of the Century,” in Carola Dietze and Claudia Verhoeven, eds., Oxford Handbook of the History of Terrorism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming January 2019.

Visions of the West, with Eric Robinson and Paul Halliday (Pearson, forthcoming 2019).

“Friedrich Nietzsche, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, and the Russian Renaissance,” Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. 60, Nos. 1-2 (May 2018), pp. 236-255.

"Sigmund Freud, Sublimation, and the Russian Silver Age," Modern Intellectual History (May 2017), pp. 1-28.

“Nikolai Berdiaev and the Origins of Russian Messianism,” The Journal of Modern History Vol. 88, No. 4 (December 2016), pp. 737-763.

Angel of Vengeance: The "Girl Assassin," the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's Revolutionary World (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008).

"The Trial of Vera Zasulich," in Ben Whisenhunt and Steven Usitalo, eds., New Directions in Russian History (Routledge, forthcoming).

Editor, Redrawing Nations: Ethnic Cleansing in East-Central Europe, 1944-1948, with Philipp Ther (Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).

Editor, The New York Times 20th Century in Review: The Balkans (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001).

"Between East and West: Hegel and the Origins of the Russian Dilemma," Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 62, No. 2 (April 2001), pp. 335-358.

Christianity, Science, and Progress in Sergei M. Solov'evs History of Russia,in Thomas Sanders, ed. Historiography of Imperial Russia: The Profession and Writing of History in a Multinational State (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Press, 1999), pp. 215-238.