Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Ana Siljak

Russian and East European History
Coordinator, Russian and East European Studies Network at Queen’s University 

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.


Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2018-2023
Hoover Institution Grant, 2016
Fund for Scholarly Research and Creative Work, Queen’s University, 2016
History Department Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013
Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2012-2014
Finalist, Charles Taylor Prize, 2009


Intellectual Origins of the Contemporary West
Imperial Russian History
Radicalism, Revolution, and Religion in Russian History and Literature
European Thought and Culture
Conceptual History of Terrorism



Angel of Vengeance: The “Girl Assassin,” the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia’s Revolutionary World. St. Martin’s Press, 2008.

Visions of the West, with Eric Robinson and Paul Halliday. Pearson, forthcoming 2020.

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

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


“Sigmund Freud, Sublimation, and the Russian Silver Age.” Modern Intellectual History 15, no. 2 (2018): 443–70.

"Friedrich Nietzsche, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, and the Russian Renaissance." Canadian Slavonic Papers 60, no. 1-2 (2018): 236-255.

"Nikolai Berdiaev and the Origin of Russian Messianism." The Journal of Modern History 88, no. 4 (2016): 737-763.

“The Personalism of Nikolai Berdiaev,” in Pattison, George, Caryl Emerson, and Randall Poole, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Russian Religious Thought. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020.

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

“Controversies over Nationalism: The Teaching of Russian History, 1890-1904,” in Zhuravleva, Victoria I. and Ivan I. Kurilla, eds. Rossiia i SShA na stranitsakh uchebnikov: opyt vzaimnykh representatsii. Volgograd, 2009: 106-140.

“The Trial of Vera Zasulich,” in Steven Usitalo and William Benton Whisenhunt, eds., Russian and Soviet History: From the Time of Troubles to the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Rowman and Littlefield, 2008.

“Between East and West:  Hegel and the Origins of the Russian Dilemma,” Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 62, no. 2 (2001): 335-358.

“Christianity, Science, and Progress in Sergei M. Solov'ev’s History of Russia,” in Thomas Sanders, ed. Historiography of Imperial Russia: The Profession and Writing of History in a Multinational State. M.E. Sharpe Press, 1999: 215-238.

Book reviews in: Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Democratization, and Journal of Cold War Studies