David Darrow

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David Darrow

Associate Professor; Director of University Honors Program

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Darrow has taught Russian history, Western civilization and other European history courses at UD since 1997. His research related to the politics of census taking in the Russian Empire has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the International Research and Exchange Board. Dr. Darrow has served as  director of the International Studies Program and is currently the director of the University Honors Program, located in Alumni Hall.


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Peasant economies
  • Politics of census taking
  • Colonial technologies
  • Empires
  • Political economy
  • Nationalism

Selected Publications

"Statistics and Sufficiency: Toward an Intellectual History of Russia's Rural Crisis." Continuity and Change: A Journal of Social Structure, Law and Demography in Past Societies no. 1 (May 2002): 63-96.

"From Commune to Household: Statistics and the Social Construction of Chaianov's Theory of Peasant Economy." Comparative Studies in Society and History 43, no. 4 (October 2001): 788-818.

"The Politics of Numbers: Zemstvo Land Assessment and the Conceptualization of Russia's Rural Economy." The Russian Review 59 (January 2000): 52-75.