My research examines the history of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union; environmental history; global history; commodity history; and histories of medicine, science and technology. I am especially interested in the history of environment and health, nature protection, urban and maritime environments, and culture.
Before coming to Flinders, I was a post-doctoral fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, working on the Wellcome Trust project 'The Reluctant Internationalists: A History of Public Health and International Organisations, Movements and Experts in Twentieth Century Europe'. I am a member of the Centre for the Study of Internationalism at Birkbeck College, University of London. I am also a Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
I am the curator of a special forum on 'The Black Sea World and the Question of Boundaries', published in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian Studies in 2018, which draws on a workshop that I convened on 'The Black Sea in the Socialist World' at Birkbeck in 2015.
I have a PhD and MA in History from Harvard University and a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University.
2019-2020 Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich, Germany
2019 Title VIII Summer Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
2019 Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers, Flinders University
2017 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History, The University of Sydney
2017 The European Society for Environmental History St Andrews Article Prize in European Environmental History, Honourable mention
2015 Wellcome Trust Small Grant in the Medical Humanities
2015 Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Conference Organisation Grant
2015 Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference Organisation Grant
2015 British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Conference Organisation Grant
2013-2014 Dumbarton Oaks Dissertation Completion Fellowship
2013 Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference Attendance Grant
2013 American Society for Environmental History National Science Foundation Grant
2011-2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies Research Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education)
2010-2011 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award (U.S. Department of State)
At Flinders, I teach historiography, global history, the history of Modern Europe, the history of the Russian Empire, and Soviet history.
History Honours Program Coordinator, 2019.
My research on Sochi was featured in coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia on ESPN.com. See Eliot Rothwell, "World Cup, global wealth transforming Sochi's unique beach culture." ESPN.com. May 29, 2018.
“What’s New in Modern Russian History?” History Teachers’ Association of South Australia Annual State Conference, University of Adelaide, August 26, 2017.
I have served as a referee for Environmental History, Contemporary European History,The Slavonic and East European Review, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, East European Politics and Societies, and History of the Human Sciences. My reviewing activity is registered in part on Publons.
I recently presented a paper, 'Beyond the Human Machine: Theories of Embodiment in Stalinist Medicine, 1928-1953’, at Technologies of Mind and Body in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, a conference at the University of Nottingham, 17-18 May 2019.
In July 2018, I presented a paper, 'Legacies of the Second International', at What Is International History Now? A conference of the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney.
In April 2018, I presented a paper, 'On the Use of Crimea for the Cure of Workers: Climate and Health on the Southern Coast of Crimea, 1928-1941', at Crimea Matters, a conference of Black Sea Networks: A collaborative initiative to investigate the Black Sea as a hub of cultural, political, and historical interest at Columbia University in New York.
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