Matthew Romaniello

Associate Professor of History

Lindquist Hall, Office 260
Phone: 801-626-6783

Research & Teaching Areas

  • Russian and East European history
  • Commodities history
  • History of medicine
  • World History


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


  • HIST 1500 World History to 1500
  • HIST 1510 World History 1500 to Present
  • HIST 3530 History Editing
  • HIST 4310 Tsarist Russia
  • HIST 4320 Stalin and the Soviet Experiment
  • HIST 4440 Eastern Europe to 1810
  • HIST 4450 Eastern Europe since 1815
  • HIST 4510 Twentieth Century World
  • HIST 4730 Gender and Sexuality in World History


Matt Romaniello received his Ph.D from Ohio State in 2003 with candidacy fields in Russia and Eastern Europe, Medieval Europe and Gender and Sexuality. Before arriving at Weber State, he was Professor of History at University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He is currently the editor of  The Journal of World History and the former editor of Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies. His first monograph was a study of relationships between the Russian Empire and its Muslim subjects in the early modern era, and his second is a study of the economic competition between Russia and Britain over Eurasian trade networks with the Middle East and Asia. He currently is working on a study of health and illness in the Russian Empire, Humoring Russia:  Body Politicis in the Eighteenth Century, examining state regulation of colonial bodies. Prof. Romaniello teaches courses in Russian and world history.



  • Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)
  • The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012)
  • Edited Volumes:
    • Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present, edited with Tricia Starks (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016)
    • European Encounters with Islam in Asia, edited with Matthew Lauzon, The Journal of World History, 25: 2-3 (2014)
    • Contested Spaces of Nobility in Early Modern Europe, edited with Charles Lipp, (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2011)
    • Tobacco in Russian History and Culture: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present, edited with Tricia Starks (New York: Routledge, 2009)

Recent Articles

  • “‘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
  • “‘Tobacco! Tobacco!’ Exporting New Habits to Siberia and Russian America,” Sibirica 16:2 (2017): 1-26
  • “Trans-regional Trade in Early Modern Eurasia,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, ed. David Ludden (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • “True Rhubarb? Trading Eurasian Botanical and Medical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century,” The Journal of Global History 11:1 (2016): 3-23
  • “Russian Women and Orthodox Ideals on the Early Modern Frontier,” Journal of Frontier Studies, no. 3 (2016): 18-37
  • “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, edited by 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, edited by Hamish Scott (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), II: 307-33
  • “Who Should Smoke? Tobacco and the Humoral Body in Early Modern England,” The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 27: 2 (2013): 156-73
  • “Russia Encounters Islam: Merchant Narratives and the Early Modern Global Economy,” World History Connected, 10:1 (2013)