Paul Werth

Chair and Professor, Department of History
Expertise: The Russian Empire, 1760s-1914, Problems & practices of imperial rule, Religious toleration & freedom of conscience, Modern Europe, World War I, United States and Iran, International history


Paul Werth, chair and professor of UNLV's history department, is an expert on U.S. and international history, imperial rule, and religious freedom. 

Werth's teaching encompasses modern Europe, Russia and Eurasia, religion, World War I, and Iran. His research has focused on the problem of religious freedom in the Russian Empire, and the role of religious institutions and personnel in tsarist imperial governance.

Werth formerly served as an editor of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, a leading international journal. His books include OrthodoxyNon-OrthodoxyHeterodoxy: Sketches on the History of Religious Diversity in the Russian Empire, and The Tsar's Foreign Faiths: Toleration and the Fate of Religious Freedom in Imperial Russia. He has also worked on a project to develop a two-volume history of Asian empires, based at the National University of Singapore. 



  • B.A., Knox College
  • Ph.D., History, University of Michigan

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Times Higher Education
Academic presses struggling to keep up with the demand for once-obscure books about war-torn nation
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
With war raging in Ukraine, the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) has created a new five week, one credit course about the current crisis and the history of the area. It is appropriately called The Ukrainian Crisis & Its Historical Roots (HIST 279).
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
The history department at UNLV has launched a new mini-course to explore the history of Ukraine's relationship with Russia to help explain today's conflict.
The Nevada Independent
From illuminating the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign in yellow and blue, to praying for peace and calling for more military gear to be shipped across the ocean, Nevadans are taking a range of steps to show solidarity with Ukraine as it fends off a Russian invasion.

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

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