Matthew Derrick is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Humboldt State University. He earned a doctorate degree in Geography, as well as two master’s degrees—the first in Geography, the second in Russian and East European Studies—from the University of Oregon. Drawing on multiple years of intensive fieldwork in Kazan, as well as other cities of Russia, the bulk of his scholarship investigates the relationship between territory and group identity, in particular addressing how post-Soviet Russia’s political-territorial transformation has influenced the social expression of religion in Tatarstan and other Muslim-majority regions of the federation. He is the co-author of the 2016 edited volume Questioning Post-Soviet. Among the titles of his other recent publications are “Territoriality and the Muslim Spiritual Boards of Russia,” “Islam as a Source of Unity and Division in Eurasia,” “The Tension of Memory: Reclaiming the Kazan Kremlin,” and “Containing the Umma? Islam and the Territorial Question.” He is a two-time visiting fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.