Since 2004, I have been traveling regularly to Russia and have lived for longer periods of time in St. Petersburg and Moscow. I am especially interested in the situation of the Christian churches since the fall of communism. My focus has been on the Orthodox Church, and I have been privileged to visit significant monasteries, parishes, publishing houses, universities, and diaconal institutions.

My research interests includes:

  • The role of the Orthodox Church in defining a new post-communist national identity
  • Contemporary Russian Orthodox monasticism (I have spent time at Solovki, Valaam, and Sergiev Posad)
  • Patriarch Kirill’s program of votserkovlenie (“in-churching”)
  • Church-state relations
  • New Orthodox initiatives in social services, education, and mass media
  • What Orthodox and Protestants can learn from each other