Matthew P. Romaniello

Professor of History

Lindquist Hall, Office 258
Phone: 801-626-6699

Research & Teaching Areas

  • Russian and East European history
  • History of medicine
  • Material culture


  • BA, Brown University (1995)
  • MA, Ohio State University (1998)
  • PhD, Ohio State University (2003)


  • HNRS 3900 Diagnosing Disease in Past and Present
  • HIST 1500 World History to 1500
  • HIST 1510 World History 1500 to Present
  • HIST 1620 The LGBTQ Experience
  • HIST 4230 Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • HIST 4240 Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution: Europe, 1660-1815
  • HIST 4310 Tsarist Russia
  • HIST 4320 The Soviet Experiment
  • HIST 4440 Eastern European Empires
  • HIST 4490 Historiography and Methods
  • HIST 4730 History of Climate Change


Matt Romaniello is the author of Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in the Eighteenth Century (2019) and The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671 (2012). His new book, Intemperate Empire: Climate and Health in Eighteenth-Century Russia, will be published in 2025. He has begun a new project, Unplanned Obsolescence: Modernity and the Loss of the Natural World, which is a study of early-modern commodities that failed to transition to the modern era. He is the editor of Journal of World History and previously was the editor of Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies. His latest edited volume, The Life Cycle of Russian Things: From Fish Guts to Faberge, was the runner-up for the 2021 Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

Before coming to Weber State, he was professor of history at University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where he taught for eleven years. Before Hawai'i, he spent two years at George Mason University as a postdoctoral teaching fellow and the associate director of Making the History of 1989 for the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and one year as a visiting assistant professor at Hamilton College.



  • Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019; paperback 2021)
    • Winner of the 2019 Book Prize from the Early Slavic Studies Association
    • Interview on the New Books Network
  • The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012)

Edited Volumes

Special Journal Issues

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • "Follow the Armenians: British Plans for the Caspian in the Eighteenth Century," in The Caspian World: Connections and Contentions at a Modern Eurasian Crossroads, eds. Abbas Amanat, Kevin Gledhill, and Kayhan Nejad (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2024)
  • "Making Fish Guts into Isinglass and Glue," in The Life Cycle of Russian Things: From Fish Guts to Faberge, 1600 to the Present (London: Bloombsury Academic, 2021), 71-85
  • "'This whole business should be kept very Secret': The English Tobacco Workhouses in Moscow," in Commercial Cosmopolitanism? Cross-Cultural Objects, Spaces, and Institutions in the Early Modern World, ed. Felicia Gottmann (London: Routledge, 2021), 92-107
  • "Astrakhan and Orenburg: Russia's Asian Trade in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian Commercial History, ed. David Ludden (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)
  • “‘Grandeur and Show’: Clothing, Commerce, and the Capital in Early Modern Russia,” in The Right to Dress: Sumptuary Legislation in Comparative and Global Contexts, edited by Ulinka Rublack and Giorgio Riello (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 375-92
  • “Trans-regional Trade in Early Modern Eurasia,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, ed. David Ludden (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • “Humoral Bodies in Cold Climates,” in Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), 23-43
  • “Customs and Consumption: Russia's Global Tobacco Habits in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” in The Global Lives of Things: Materiality, Material Culture and Commodities in the First Global Age, ed. Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello (London: Routledge, 2016), 183-97
  • “Trade and the Global Economy,” in Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, c. 1350-1750, ed. Hamish Scott (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), II: 307-33
  • "The Facade of Order: Claiming Imperial Space in Early Modern Russia," in The Limits of Empire: European Imperial Formations in Early Modern World History, ed. Tonio Andrade and William Reger (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012), 183-204
  • "Muscovy's Extraordinary Ban on Tobacco," in Tobacco in Russian History and Culture: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present (New York: Routledge, 2009), 9-25
  • "Grant, Settle, Negotiate: Military Service in the Middle Volga Region," in Peopling the Russian Periphery: Borderland Colonization in Eurasian History, ed. Nicholas Breyfogle, Abby Schrader, and Willard Sunderland (New York: Routledge, 2007), 61-77 


Over 40 book reviews published in The American Historical ReviewThe English Historical ReviewSlavic ReviewRussian ReviewSlavonic and East European ReviewAb ImperioCanadian-American Slavic StudiesJahrbucher fur Geschichte OsteuropasRussian History/Histoire RusseJournal of World HistoryJournal of Interdisciplinary HistoryEnterprise and Society, The Journal of Early Modern HistoryThe Sixteenth Century Journal, International Journal of Maritime History, and The Historian