Patricia Herlihy

Adjunct Professor; Professor of History Emeritus

Patricia Herlihy


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(401) 863-2493

Watson Institute
Brown University, Box 1970
Providence, RI 02912-1970


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August 26, 2008 : The Politics of Language Roil Odesa

“Mute metal and stone can speak volumes, to be sure, but the politics of language, it can be argued, have an even louder resonance” – so Adjunct Professor Patricia Herlihy summarizes the conflicts surrounding Russian and Ukrainian monuments and language in the city of Odesa. The tug of war involving everyone from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to Ukrainian hip hop artists is described in “How Ukrainian is Odesa? From Odessa to Odesa,” recently published by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Areas of Interest: Social, economic, and religious history of Russia and the Ukraine in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Patricia Herlihy, adjunct professor, is the Louise Doherty Wyant Professor at Emmanuel College. She is professor emerita at Brown and formerly taught Russian and Soviet history, as well as served as director of the International Relations Program. She is the author of The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia, which was published by Oxford University Press. A current project includes the text for a photographic history of the city of Odessa. Her first book on Odessa was released as a Ukrainian language edition at the Fourth International Ukrainian Studies Conference, which she attended in Odessa in August 1999. She also is working on a biography of Eugene Schuyler, a nineteenth-century Russian historian, translator, and diplomat who served in Russia, Constantinople, Rumania, Serbia, Greece, England, Italy, and Egypt. Professor Herlihy received her Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Pennsylvania.


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