Geoffrey Durham

Geoffrey Durham

Ph.D. Candidate

My dissertation is, for the time being, titled "The Standards of Evaluation: Weights, Measures, and the Politics of Building a Russian Imperial Economy, 1770s-1890s." The project investigates the drive to standardize the units of weight and measurement across the Russian Empire and also explains Russia's leading role in the internationalization of the metric system. I approach these reforms as technologies of economy- and state-building enacted during a period marked by substantial territorial expansion, the Napoleonic Wars, the renovation of imperial governance, industrialization, and the proliferation of international scientific organizations concerned with standardization and codification.


M.A., Russian and East European Studies, Indiana University, 2016
B.A., History, Skidmore College, 2012

Research Interests

Modern Russian and Soviet history; the state; population management; political economy; metrology

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