I was trained as a Modern Russian historian with a particular interest in women’s and religious history, but since the publication of my 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 add such topics as masculinity, gender and environment, ecofeminism, and gender and national identity. I am currently working on a new book project, How Khrushchev and Brezhnev Went Hunting with Fidel Castro: Political Masculinity and Nature Diplomacy in the Soviet Union.
As one of the recipients of 2016 University of Rochester Research Award, I also work on an oral history research project in Ladakh, India where our team conducts a study on local community’s resilience and adaptation to climate change.
2021: Public Outreach Award, American Society for Environmental History
2020: Goergen Teaching Award, University of Rochester
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
- “Ecofeminism as Intersectional Pedagogy and Practice,” in Mapping Gendered Ecologies: Engaging with and Beyond Ecowomanism and Ecofeminism, eds. Melchor Hall and Gwyn Kwirk (New York: Lexington Books, 2021), 107 - 124.”
- "Diplomacy in the Woods: Nature, Hunting, Masculinity, and Soviet Diplomacy under N.S. Khrushchev," Diplomatica: a Journal of Diplomacy and Society (under review)
- “Oral Environmental History and Community-Based Participatory Research: Studying Climate Change in Ladakh, India,” accepted and forthcoming, Summer 2021, Oral History Review
- “Ecofeminism, Maternalism, and the Carnivalesque: The Spatial Politics of Women’s Environmental Movement in Poland,” accepted and forthcoming, Summer 2021, Feminist Formations
- “The Politics of Trees: the Logging of Białowieża Forest and the Debate on Polish National Identity,” accepted and forthcoming, Summer 2021, in European Forests – Our Cultural Heritage: Conference Proceedings
- “Forests in Revolutionary France: Conservation, Community, and Conflict, 1669 – 1848,” a review of Keiko Matteson’s monograph, Environmental History (summer 2019)
- 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.