Catherine Evtuhov (History) is best known for her prize-winning Portrait of a Russian Province: Economy, Society, and Civilization in Nineteenth-Century Nizhnii Novgorod (2011). At a time when studies of borderlands, empires, and the non-Russian nationalities dominated historical inquiry, Evtuhov was consumed by the feeling that we really did not understand how Russia itself functioned. “I had the hypothesis that a study of the province would contradict many of the assumptions about how Russia works. The big narrative, which is centrally structured and linear, would fall apart, and we could put it together in new and interesting ways.”
You can read "A Portrait of Catherine Evtuhov" in the Summer 2018 issue of Harriman Magazine.