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Cherie K. Woodworth
Ph.D. in History, Yale University, 2001

Independent Scholar, Center for Comparative Research (CCR)

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Research Interests
Medieval and early modern Russia, eastern Europe, and western Eurasia; early history of Ashkenazi Jews; medieval European history.

Current Projects
"Muscovite State-Building within the Political Traditions of the Eurasian Steppe."

Yale Summer Session, June 2011 HIST S372 01 (30146) Central Asia and Empire, Preliminary Syllabus

"How Many Horses? 14th-16th c. Russia in the Economic System of the Steppe's ‘Great Churn’" Presented at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Stuidies, Harvard University (February 2011).

"Princes, Saints, and Icons in 16th c. Muscovy" Prepared for American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual national conference, Nov. 2008 and the Yale Medieval Lunch series (Summary and Illustrations)

"Coins, Counterfeits, and Contrary Evidence. Narratives, Objects, and Dynastic Legitimacy in Russia, 14th - 16th c. -- a very brief introduction," Yale Medieval Lunch Series, (Sept.28, 2011).

Selected Reviews
"The Artist and His Roles" Review of Chagall. Love and Exile. Times Literary Supplement, (Jan. 9, 2009).

"Icons for Historians," Kritika. Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Vol. 8, no. 2 (Spring 2007).

Selected Publications
"The Birth of the Captive Autocracy: Moscow, 1432," Journal of Early Modern History, vol. 13, no. 1 (February 2009), pp. 49-62.

"Sophia and the Golden Belt: What Caused Moscow's 'Civil Wars' of 1425-1450," Russian Review, vol. 68, no. 2 (April 2009), pp. 187-198.

"Where Did the East European Jews Come From? An Explosive Debate Erupts from Old Footnotes," Kritika, vol. 11 no. 1(Winter, 2010), pp. 105-123.

"Ocean and Steppe: Early Modern World Empires," review of J. C. Elliot, Empires of the Atlantic World, Peter Perdue, China Marches West, Willard Sunderland , Taming the Wild Field, Michael Khodarkovsky, Russia's Steppe Frontier, and others, Journal of Early Modern History, Dec. 2007.

Clans, Kingship, and State Building in Russia, 1400-1550, in process.