Peter Weisensel specializes in modern Russian history, particularly the imperial
period from the 18th century to 1917. 

He is the author of two monographs on Russia in the 19th century and is working on
another about Russian travelers’ descriptions of Central Asia and the formation of a
Russian colonial mentality. 

He also teaches a course on modern German history and is interested in minorities,
particularly Muslims, in Russian/Soviet history. 

Weisensel has been teaching at Macalester since 1973. 

EDUCATION: B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin Ph.D., University of Minnesota 

Journal Articles


Review of: The Black Sea: A history, Russian Review (2005)



Prelude to the Great Reforms: Avraam Sergeevich Norov and Imperial Russia in Transition, Minnesota Modern Mediterranean Studies Monograph (1995)

Contributions to Books

Russian-Muslim Inter-Ethnic Relations in Russian Turkestan in the Last Years of the Empire, Ethnic and National Issues in Russian and East European History: Selected Papers from the Fifth World Congress of Central and East European Studies, Warsaw, 1995 (2000)