R.C. Elwood

Distinguished Research Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Dartmouth), M.A. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2817
Office:401 Paterson Hall

Carter Elwood attended Dartmouth College, the University of Edinburgh and Columbia University. He taught briefly at the University of Virginia, the University of Alberta and since 1968 at Carleton. He has also held visiting research appointments at St. Antony’s College (Oxford), the University of Fribourg, the London School of Economics and Harvard University. He teaches an annual undergraduate survey course in Russian history and an occasional seminar on the Russian Revolution. Dr. Elwood’s research interests revolve around V.I. Lenin and the Russian revolutionary movements prior to 1917. His most recent book, The Non-Geometric Lenin: Essays on the Development of the Bolshevik Party, 1910-1914, was published in London in 2011. He would be pleased to supervise graduate students with a reading knowledge of Russian who want to do research on some aspect of revolutionary history.

Research Interests

  • Russian Social Democracy
  • V.I. Lenin


The Non-Geometric Lenin:  Essays on the Development of the Bolshevik Party, 1910-1914.  London: Anthem Press, 2011.

Mikhail Klochko: Soviet Scientist, Cold-War Defector, Canadian Storyteller. Ottawa: Penumbra Press, 2002 (with Vadim Koukouchkine)

Inessa Armand: Revolutionary and Feminist. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992 (paperback edition, 2002).
*Winner of the Heldt Prize for the Best Book in Slavic Women’s Studies offered by the American Association for Women in Slavic Studies, 1992

Editor, Vserossiiskaya Konferentsiya Ros. Sots.-Dem. Rab. Partii, 1912 goda and Izveschenie o Konferentsii Organizatsii RSDRP. London: Kraus, 1982 (Publications of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution, no. 4).

Roman Malinovsky: A Life Without a Cause. Newtonville, Maas.: Oriental Research Partners, 1977.

Russian Social Democracy in the Underground: A Study of the RSDRP in the Ukraine, 1907-1914. Amsterdam: International Institute for Social History, 1974.

Editor. The Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, 1898 – October 1917, vol. I of the Resolutions and Decisions of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974.
-Farsi edition, 1985.

Honours and Awards

1981 President, Canadian Association of Slavists

1985 Excellence in Teaching Award, Arts Faculty, Carleton University

1987 Marston LaFrance Fellowship, Carleton University

1992 Heldt Prize, American Association for Women in Slavic Studies, for Best Book in the Field of Slavic Women’s Studies

1995 Teaching Achievement Award, Carleton University

1997 Elected Member, Board of Governors, Carleton University

1998 President, Ottawa Historical Society

2002 Honorary President, Canadian Association of Slavists

2004 Teaching Excellence Award, Carleton University Students Association

2013 Capital Educators Award