I am trained as a Modern Russian historian with a particular interest in women’s and religion history, but since the publication of my recent book, Mother of the Church: Sofia Svechina, the Salon, and the Politics of Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Russia and France (Northern Illinois University Press, 2016; winner of 2018 Harry Koenig Book Award, American Catholic Historical Association), I have broadened my research to Eastern Europe, especially Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus, adding to my longstanding interest in gender and religion such topics as masculinity, gender and environment, ecofeminism, and gender and national identity. I am currently working on a new book project, Gendered Woods: Białowieza Forest, Gender, and Polish National Identity, which focuses on the past and present of the Białowieza forest. The rich history of the forest makes Białowieza a site where competing visions of Polish national and gender identity come together in a complex interplay of symbols, stories, and images, turning the forest into a highly contested ground that various groups use to negotiate Poland’s place and role in the EU and test their power to shape the country’s identity.
As one of the recipients of 2016 University of Rochester Research Award, Tanya Bakhmetyeva also works on an oral history research project in Ladakh, India where she conducts a study on gender and climate change.
2018, Harry Koenig Book Award, American Catholic Historical Association
2016, University of Rochester Research Award
Courses Offered (subject to change)
- GSW 105: Sex and Power
- GSW/GSW 200/200W: History of Feminisms/Colloquium in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
- GSW/GSW/HIS/AAS 219/219W/200/228: The Politics of Sport: Race, Gender, and National Identity in Athletic Competition
- GSW/HIS 208/100: The Case of Sherlock Holmes: Race, Gender, and Crime in the British Empire
- GSW/GSW/AAS/HIS 213/213W/213/256: Politics of Nature: Race, Gender, and the Environment
- GSW 232: History of Masculinity
- GSW 235: History of Sex and Body
- Mother of the Church: Sophia Svechina, the Salon, and the Politics of Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Russia and France (University of Northern Illinois Press, 2016)
Winner of 2018 Harry Koenig Book Award, American Catholic Historical Association
- Including Students in Academic Conversations: Principles and Strategies for Teaching Theme-Based Writing Courses across the Disciplines (with Deborah Rossen-Knill) (Hampton Press, 2011)
- “Education in the United States” in American society: Essays on history and culture (St. Petersburg: University of St. Petersburg, 2008)
- “Russian Catholicism and the Collapse of the Ideals of the Enlightenment” in Nauka, Religiia i Obstchetvo: Sbornik Statei vol. 36 (2006): 84 – 99.
- “Russian Catholicism in the First Quarter of 19th Century: New Look” in Religiovedenie (Study of Religion) 4 (2005): 30 – 41.