Professor Sunderland received his BA in Russian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and his masters and doctorate in history from Indiana University. Since joining the department in 1996, he has taught in the fields of Russia and the Soviet Union, modern Europe, and world history.
Sunderland's principal research interests are in the history of the Russian Empire in the modern period. In conducting his work, he has lived and traveled extensively in the Russian Federation and the other states of the former Soviet Union.
His most recent book, The Baron's Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution, appeared with Cornell University Press in 2014 and has been recognized with publication awards from the Association for the Study of the Nationalities (ASN), the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), and the Ohio Academy of History.
Sunderland's current book-in-progress focuses on the history of Russia's encounters with Eurasia and the broader world in the 18th century.
In July 2015, he began a position as co-editor for the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.