Curriculum Vitae

Robert D. Givens

Department of History

Cornell College

600 1st Street W.

Mount Vernon, IA 52314

(319) 895-4314 (office)

(319) 354-6639 (home)


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1975 (Thesis: Servitors or Seigneurs: The Nobility and the Eighteenth Century Russian State) 

M.A.  University of California, Berkeley, 1966 (Russian History)

Certificate in Russian and East European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1969   

B.A.  University of California, Berkeley, 1964 (Major: History; Minor: Economics)

Summer Training Program, Consortium for Political and Social Research, Ann Arbor, 1982  

Summer Training Institute in Quantitative History, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1976



Fulbright Professor, School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, 1999-2000

Faculty Research Grant, Program for Inter-institutional Collaboration in Area Studies,

    University of Michigan, Spring, 1990

Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 1986

Fellow, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, 1985-86

Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 1985

Summer Research Grant, Center for Slavic Studies, Ohio State University, 1985

Summer Seminar for College Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities, Cornell

University, 1983

Research Grant, University House, University of Iowa, summer, 1981

Fellow, Harvard Russian Research Center, Summer, 1980

Faculty Research Grant, Northwestern University, 1979

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship, 1977-78

IREX Senior Research Fellow – Soviet Union, 1978

Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1976

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Research Fellow – Soviet Union, 1969-70

Fulbright-Hays Graduate Fellowship, 1969-70


Teaching Experience:

Current:  Professor, Department of History, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa 

Associate Professor, 1984-90, Assistant Professor, 1979-84, Chair, 1983-89, 1997-99, 2000-01

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1975-79

Instructor, Department of History, State University College, Fredonia, New York, 1973-74




1) [In Russian] “Catherine II’s Policies toward the Nobility and the Cossacks,” Problems of the History of the Cossacks, Volograd, 1995, pp. 67-72

2) “To Measure and to Encroach: The Nobility and the Survey,” Proceedings, Third International Conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth Century Russia, 1985, ed. R. Bartlett et al. (Columbus, 1988), pp. 533-547


3) “Eighteenth Century Nobiliary Career Patterns and Provincial Government,” Russian Officialdom: The Bureaucratization of Russian Society from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century, W. Pintner and D. Rowney, eds. (Chapel Hill, 1980), pp. 106-129

4) “The Nobility, Evasion, and the Problem of Lawlessness in Early Eighteenth Century Russia,” Journal of the Great Lakes History Conference, vol. II, 1979, pp. 85-96

5) “Supplication and Reform in the Instructions of the Nobility,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies, vol. II, No. 4 (Winter 1977), 483-502

6) Contributions to The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History, ed., J. Wieczynski, (Gulf Breeze: Academic International Press, 1975-)

          “Chelobit'e” [Petition], vol. 6

          “Deti Boiarskie” [Junior boiars], vol. 9

          “d'iak” [Secretary], vol. 9

          “Infeudation and Feudalism in Russia,” vol. 14, pp. 176-181

Newspaper Articles

Yeltsin vs. legislature in Russia,” The Des Moines Register, March 26, 1993

Communists are on the defensive with voters,” The Des Moines Register, June 12, 1991

Gorbachev's promises need stability,” The Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 2, 1990

"Nationalism is threat to Soviet military,” The Des Moines Register, April, 19, 1990

"Soviets bow to economic woes, not the U.S.,” The Des Moines Register, April 5, 1990

Book Reviews:

1)      The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography n.s. 2 (1994): Roderick McGrew, Paul I of Russia, 1754-1801


2)      Russian History, Vol. 12, part 2 (1989): Ben Eklof, Russian Peasant Schools: Officialdom, Village Culture, and Popular Pedagogy


3)      Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, Band 33, Heft 1  (1985): M. D. Kurmacheva, Krepostnaja intelligencija Rossii.  Vtoraja polovina XVIII - nachalo XIX veka  [The Serf Intelligentsia of Russia: Second Half of the Eighteenth - Beginning of the Nineteenth Century]


4)      Slavic Review, Vol. 52, No.2 (Summer, 1984): E. V. Anisimov, Podatnaia reforma Petra I: Vvedenie podusnoi podati [The Tax Reform of Peter I: Introduction of Capitation]


Book Reviews (continued.)


5)      Russian History, Vol. 10, part 2 (1983): S.M. Soloviev, History of Russia, volume 35, The Rule of Empress Anna, R. Hantula trans.


6)      Russian History Vol. 7, part 3 (1980): J.M. Hittle, The Service City: State and Townsmen in Russia, 1600-1800


7)      The American Historical Review, Vol. 85, No. 1 (February, 1980): A. Pronshtein ed., Don i stepnoe Predkavkaz'e, XVIII - pervaia polovina XIX v.: Zaselnie i khoziastvo [The Don and Steppe Ciscaucasia, 18th - First Half of the 19th Century: Colonization and Economy]


8)      The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography n.s. 2 (1976): G. Rozman, Urban Networks in Russia, 1750-1800, and Premodern Periodization


9)      The American Historical Review, Vol. 81, No. 5 (December, 1976): S. Troitskii, Russkii absoliutizm i dvorianstvo XVIII v. [Russian Absolutism and the Nobility in the 18th Century]


10)   Russian Review, Fall, 1974: A. Lentin, Russia in the Eighteenth Century


Papers Presented:


1)      “Clinton as President,” 10th Annual Russian-American Conference, St. Petersburg State University, June, 2000 [in Russian]


2)      “Hollywood and the Blacklist,” Pomorskoi State University, Archangel, May, 2000 [in Russian]


3)      “New American Views of World War II,” Conference on the 55th Anniversary of the End of World War II, House of Friendship, St. Petersburg, April 2001[in Russian]


4)      “Who Stole the Bomb?” Cornell College, November, 1994


5)      “Krasnodar in the First Months of the Post-Soviet Era,” Midwest Slavic Conference, 1993 Annual Meeting, East Lansing, Michigan


6)      “How Alienated Was the Nobility?” Midwest Slavic Conference, 1985 Annual Meeting, South Bend, Indiana


7)      “Inheritance Patterns and Nobiliary Wealth in Late Eighteenth Century Russia,” Midwest Slavic Conference, 1983 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois


8)      “Bureaucratic Leadership and the Post-Brezhnev Regime,” Cornell College, March, 1983


9)      “Women as Serfowners in Eighteenth Century Russia,” Summer Russian Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, July, 1982


10)   “Nationalism and the Failures of Polish Communism,” Cornell College, March 1982


11)   “Residency and the Dimensions of Serf Ownership in Eighteenth Century Russia,” American Historical Association, 1980 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.


12)   “The Soviet Leadership and the Afghanistan Crisis,” Grinnell College, February 1981