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Valerie Kivelson

Professor of History, University of Michigan

Valerie Kivelson is a scholar of medieval and early modern Russia whose work focuses on witchcraft, cartography and the relationships between religion, politics and magic.

Her books include "Russia's Empires," "Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia," "Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine: A Sourcebook, 1000-1900," "Cartographies of Tsardom: The Land and Its Meanings in Seventeenth-Century Russia" and "Autocracy in the Provinces: Russian Political Culture and the Gentry in the Seventeenth Century."


  • –present
    Professor of History, University of Michigan


Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Historia Nova Prize for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual and Cultural History, Bainton History and Theology Prize and the Held Prize for the Best Book by a Woman in Slavic Studies, Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professorship (UM); Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship (UM)