Honors College Faculty
David Rainbow is a historian of modern Europe and Russia. He teaches classes on European and Russian intellectual history, the history of energy in Eurasia, and the Russian Revolution. He also teaches in the Honors College’s Human Situation sequence and advises students on opportunities to study abroad through Fulbright and Critical Language Scholarships and other programs. Dr. Rainbow is currently writing a book on the history of Russian imperial power in Siberia from the mid-19th century through the 1917 Revolution. He is editor of a recent volume on the history of race in Russia called, Ideologies of Race: Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union in Global Context (McGill-Queens UP, 2019). Before coming to the Honors College in 2015, Dr. Rainbow held postdoctoral positions at Columbia University and New York University. He has lived in Russia and Siberia several times, and before that worked on a cattle ranch in southwestern North Dakota. He received his doctoral degree from New York University.