Randall A. Poole (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1996) is Professor of History at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He teaches in the Department of History and Politics, in the Health Humanities Program, in the Honors Program, and in the Dignitas First-Year Program. His research areas include Russian and European intellectual history, the history of ideas, and the history of philosophical and religious thought. Poole is a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Fellow of the International Center for the Study of Russian Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University. In 2012 he was Visiting Professor of Russian Intellectual History at the University of Toronto. He has held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New York University, Stanford University, Columbia University, and elsewhere. Over the past twenty-five years he has presented about seventy-five papers and lectures at academic conferences and universities in the United States and abroad. His CV and many of his publications are available at https://css.academia.edu/RandallAPoole and at http://philosophy.spbu.ru/rusphil/1558/15339.
Despite Russia’s religiously diverse population and the strong connection between the Russian state and the Orthodox Chuch, the problem of religious freedom has been a driving force in the country’s history. This volume gathers leading scholars to provide an extensive exploration of the evolution, experience, and contested meanings of religious freedom in Russia from the early modern period to the present, with a particular focus on the nineteenth century. Addressing different spiritual traditions, clerics and revolutionaries, ideas and lived experience, Religious Freedom in Modern Russia explores the various meanings that religious freedom, toleration, and freedom of conscience had in Russia among nonstate sectors.