Children of Rus'
"Children of Rus' breaks new ground in research on both Russian and Ukrainian history. It is a must read for everyone interested in empires, borderlands and nationalism, and I am hopeful it will generate a lovely discussion and a lot of new research."
- Serhii Plokhy, The Russian Review
"In this painstakingly researched book, Faith Hillis recovers the largely forgotten yet significant page in the history of the late Imperial Russia: the development of right-wing Russian nationalism on the empire's southwestern edge. In so doing, she challenges several traditional narratives of the late Imperial period."
- Serhy Yekelchyk, Slavic and East European Journal
"Well written and chock full of insights into the politics of late Imperial Russia, Children of Rus' is a model of meticulous scholarship and perceptive analysis and should be essential reading for anyone interested in learning about the complexities of Russian and Ukrainian identities."
- Robert Weinberg, Journal of Modern History
“This ground-breaking book rethinks the history of Russia’s revolutionaries through their lives in exile communities. Place mattered in their story: for inspiration, for encounters, for everyday radical practices. The book is a rich history of ideas—freedom, equality, community, and justice, and socialism—but as everyday practices rather than dreamy abstractions. Not least, this is magisterial research, written in an accessible and compelling manner.” - Mark Steinberg
"Utopia’s Discontents literally puts the history of the Russian Revolution—and all that came with it—on the map... The history of ideas just got a good deal richer.” - Holly Case
“Vividly narrated and brimming with insight, Utopia’s Discontents brings to life the storied ‘Russian colonies’... where revolutions were plotted and new countries imagined... A multi-layered study, at once richly local in focus and broad in scope. It is a truly exciting book.” - Tony Michels
My research and teaching are enriched by technology, and I am interested in thinking through how historians can use digital tools to open new avenues for exploration and to communicate their findings to other scholars and the general public. I am particularly interested in using geo-spatial analysis to analyze flows of people, ideas, and commodities over time and across space. For examples of my digital work connected to Utopia's Discontents, see the book's companion site.