Dr. Helen Hundley teaches courses on Russian and Soviet History, Eastern Europe, modern English History and imperialism. Her article, "George Kennan and the Russian Empire: How America's Conscience became an Enemy of Tsarism," appeared in Kennan Institute Occasional Paper (Kennan Institute, 2000) and "The London Missionary Society's Mongolian Missions: British Insights into the 'Great Game' in Asia," was included in Splendidly Victorian, Essays in Honor of Walter l. Arnstein.

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984


Academic Interests and Expertise
  • Russian history
  • 18th and 19th century Russian Empire
  • Buriat-Mongol Culture
Areas of Research Interest
My research focuses on the Russian Empire in Siberia in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. This research investigates both the development of the Russian Imperial urban development as well as the culture and activities of the Buriat Mongols in Eastern Siberia.
Areas of Teaching Interest

Professor Hundley offers the following courses:

  • HIST 314: British History
  • HIST 320: Russian History Survey
  • HIST 399: Mongol Empire
  • HIST 588: Medieval Russia
  • HIST 589: Imperial Russia
  • HIST 592: History of the Soviet Union
  • HIST 593: Yeltsin, Putin and Beyond: Russsia after the Soviet Union
  • The Mongol Empire in World History (University of Michigan Press, 2016)
  • "Defending the Periphery: Tsarist Management of Buriat Buddhism," The Russian Review, 69, 2 (April 2010): 231-250
  • "N.M. Iadrintsev and the Search for Ghengis Khan's Capital, Kharakorum," Sibirica 7, 2 (August 2008): 67-82
  • "The London Missionary Society's Mongolian Missions: British Insights into the 'Great Game' in Asia," in Splendidly Victorian, ed. Michael H. Sjirley and Todd E.A. Larson, 169-186, (Ashgate Press, 2001)
  • "George Kennan and the Russian Empire: How Americas' Conscience Became an Enemy of Tsarism," Kennan Institute Occasional Paper 277 (Fall 2000)
Areas of Service
  • Policy Committee