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Tanya Bakhmetyeva

  • Associate Professor of Instruction, History
  • Associate Professor and Associate Academic Director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

PhD, University of Rochester, 2006

535 Lattimore Hall
(585) 273-5187

Office Hours: By appointment


European History

Research Overview

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 (with Professor Stewart Weaver) 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

Graduate Research Fields

I am not accepting new graduate student advisees for our MA and PhD programs.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • GSW 105:  Sex and Power
  • GSW 200/W:  History of Feminism/Colloquium in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
  • HIST 200:  The Politics of Sport: Race, Gender, and National Identity in Athletic Competition
  • HIST 100:  The Case of Sherlock Holmes: Race, Gender, and Crime in the British Empire
  • HIST 256:  Politics of Nature: Race, Gender, and the Environment

Selected Publication Covers

Selected Publications

  • 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.