David L. Ransel is the Robert F. Byrnes Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He has published nine books, including four monographs, and several dozen articles on topics in Russian political, social and oral history. Ransel served as editor-in-chief of the Slavic Review 1980-85 and editor-in-chief of the American Historical Review 1985-95. From 1995 to 2009 he was director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University. He served as president of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in 2004. He is currently at work on an oral history study of civic identity and social attachments of the last Soviet and first post-Soviet generations of workers in the industrial suburbs of Moscow.
Ana Siljak is associate professor of history at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her work and teaching focuses on nineteenth century Russia and intellectual history. Her book on nineteenth-century Russian terrorism, Angel of Vengeance: the “Girl Assassin,” the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia’s Revolutionary World (St. Martin’s Press, 2008) was shortlisted for the 2009 Charles Taylor prize in Canada. She is currently working on an intellectual history of the Russian Silver Age, entitled The Art of Life: Religion and Aesthetics in the Russian Silver Age, 1890-1917.