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Nathaniel Knight, Ph.D.

Nathaniel Knight, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of History


His research explores Russian ethnography through scientific societies, folklore, and 19th century exhibitions.

I have been at Seton Hall teaching Russian history, Western Civilization and Historical Research since 1998. Before that I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University and lived in Russia for several years. In addition to my teaching duties, I am currently chair of the History Department. In my research on nineteenth century Russia I have written, among other things, about scientific societies, folklore collectors, ethnographic exhibitions and expeditions, Orientalism, and Russian conceptions of nationhood. My most recent article, "Nikolai Kharuzin and the Quest for a Universal Human Science" was published in the Winter 2008 issue of the journal Kritika.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1995
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1989
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1984

Academic Distinctions

  • 2008 – Seton Hall University, Faculty Innovation Grant
  • 2005 – Seton Hall University Research Council Summer Research Stipend
  • 2004 – Social Science Research Council, Teaching Fellowship
  • 2001 – Seton Hall University Research Council, Faculty Stipend
  • 1999 – National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, Research Grant
  • 1998 – International Research Exchange Board, Short-term Travel Grant
  • 1998 – Harriman Institute, Columbia University, Post-doctoral fellowship
  • 1997 – Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Study, Research fellowship



Office Phone
(973) 275-2178


Office Location
Room 340
Fahy Hall


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