Yoko Aoshima is an Associate Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University. She specializes in modern Russian history and holds a Ph.D. in European History. Her thesis analyzed educational reforms in the era of Russia’s Great Reforms. Her current research interests lie in Russia’s western border regions at the beginning of the twentieth century. She recently edited Entangled Interactions between Religion and National Consciousness in Central and Eastern Europe (Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, August 2020) and co-edited The Tsar, the Empire, and the Nation: Dilemmas of Nationalization in Russia’s Western Borderlands, 1905-1915 (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2021) with Darius Staliūnas.