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Dr Jennifer Keating


Jennifer Keating

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of History
01 716 8606
University College Dublin, School of History, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Jennifer Keating is a lecturer in modern East European history at UCD. She is a historian of imperial Russia, working on the Russian empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jennifer's research interests lie in using environmental history as a middle ground from which to explore the idea and practice of imperialism across Eurasia, focusing primarily on the geographical edges of the state at moments of imperial expansion and collapse. She is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the value of environmental change in colonial policy, practice and resistance on Russia’s southern frontier in Turkestan (modern-day Central Asia) from 1881-1916, via the region's eco-systems, forests, fields, deserts, minerals and water sources. Following the completion of her doctorate at University College London, Jennifer was appointed Past and Present Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London, from 2015-2018, where alongside work on the book manuscript she began a new project examining physical and symbolic violence against natural resources, landscape and infrastructure during the Russian civil war period. With Courtney J. Campbell and Allegra Giovine she is the editor of 'Empty Spaces: Perspectives on emptiness in modern history' (University of London Press, 2019), a volume that explores the construction and use of tropes of emptiness in histories of land, sea and air in the modern world. She is also a co-founder of the UK Environmental History Workshop, a group that runs an annual event to bring together historians interested in all things environmental. Jennifer spent 2016-2017 teaching Russian and Soviet history at the University of Cambridge, and has previously also taught at UCL and LSE. Her teaching interests include the history of Russia from the eighteenth century onwards, socio-cultural dimensions of the European fin-de-siecle, global imperial history and modern environmental history. At UCD she currently teaches a first-year course on 'Silver Age Moscow' (part of the Creating History module); two third-year courses on 'Revolutionary Russia 1905-1921' and 'Environment and Power in Modern Russia, 1861-1991'; and a single subject core module titled 'The Anthropocene: Exploring global environmental history'. Jennifer warmly welcomes enquiries from potential research students interested in PhD or postdoctoral work on Russian or East European history, along with more general projects on histories of empire or the environment.


  • Past and Present Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institute of Historical Research, UK2015 - 2018
  • Guest Teacher
    London School of Economics and Political Science, International History, UK2017 - 2018
  • Lecturer in Russian and Soviet History
    University of Cambridge, Faculty of History, UK2016 - 2017
  • Research Associate
    University of Cambridge, Clare College, United Kingdom1 Jan 2016 - 1 Jan 2017


  • BA (Hons)
    University of Durham
  • MA
    University College London
  • PhD
    University College London