Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey Heather Bailey
Professor of History
Ph.D. Modern European History
University of Minnesota (2001)

Email: hbail2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7189
Office: UHB 3061

Teaching Concentration: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European History, Imperial Russian and Soviet History.

Research Interests: 

My research concerns modern Franco-Russian intellectual and cultural relations. Currently I am working on a book about Anton Berezowski’s 1867 attempt to assassinate Russian Emperor Alexander II in the broader context of criminal justice systems, radicalism, and political terror in France and Russia. The book will also explore French and Russian interpretations of the event’s significance both in the immediate aftermath and in the decades leading up to World War I.


The Public Image of Eastern Orthodoxy: France and Russia, 1848-1870 (Ithaca, NY: Northern Illinois University Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2020).

“‘The churches that call themselves orthodox’: Nomenclature for Russian Orthodoxy in Nineteenth-Century France,” Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies 2, no. 2 (2019): 149-77.

“Roman Catholic Polemicists, Russian Orthodox Publicists, and the Tsar-Pope Myth in France, 1842-1862,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies​ 53 (2019): 263–285.

“A Russian Spectacle in Paris.” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 61, no. 2 (2017).

“Russian Interpretations of Ernest Renan’s Life of Jesus.” Thresholds into the Orthodox Commonwealth: Essays in Honor of Theofanis G. Stavrou, 147-55. Slavica Publishers, 2017.

Orthodoxy, Modernity, and Authenticity: The Reception of Ernest Renan’s “Life of Jesus” in Russia (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).