Expert on history of imperial Russia, politics of contemporary Russia, intercollegiate athletics in relation to higher education
- Imperial Russian history, 1649-1917; Intercollegiate athletics and higher education
- Wisconsin Athletic Association Faculty Outreach Award, 2007
- "Domestic Conjunctures, the Russian State, and the World Outside, 1700â€“2006," in R. Legvold, ed., "Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century"
- Special assistant to the chancellor for athletics, 2001-06