Michelle DenBeste

Interim Dean College of Social Sciences  Michelle DenBeste
Professor of Russian History

Office: Social Sciences 109

Email: mdenbest@csufresno.edu

Education:
Ph.D. - Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
B.A. - University of Washington 

Research/Teaching Interests:

19th- and 20th-century Russia, Russian Women's history, women in medicine, women in the professions

Courses Taught:

Russian and Eurasian Civilization
Tsarist Russia
Russia and Eurasia in the 20th century
Western Civilization
World Civilization
History Research Methods
Graduate Historiography
Graduate courses on Revolutionary Womanhood, Russian Reforms, and the Russian Revolution

Selected Publications:

"Women in the Professions in Russia at the End of the Nineteenth Century." Gendernoe Ravnopravie v Rossii. Sankt Peterburg, Aleteiia, 2008, 87-95.

"Maria Pokrovskaia." The Dictionary of Medical Biography. Greenwood Press, 2006.

"Konstantin Pobedonotsev" and "The Instructions of Catherine II to the Legislative Commission," The Encyclopedia of Russian History, New York: Thomson, Gale, 2004.

"Power Point, Technology and the Web: More Than Just an Overhead Projector for the New Century?" The History Teacher.

"Emerging Professionalism: Women Physicians in Late Imperial Russia." Review Journal of Philosophy and Social Science. Vol. XXVII, 2002, 275-294.

"Publish or Perish? The Scientific Publications of Women Physicians in Late Imperial Russia." Revised and published in a volume on Women and Health: Practices and Knowledges. Barcelona: Icaria Press, 2001.

"Publish or Perish? The Scientific Publications of Women Physicians in Late Imperial Russia," Dynamis: The International Journal of the History of Medicine, Vol. 19, 1999, pp. 215-240.

"Higher Women's Medical Courses," "Anna Shabanova," and "Nadezhda Suslova, Encyclopedia of Russian Women's Movements (Greenwood Press, 2001).

“Infusing the Mongols into the Russian History Curriculum.” Chapter in edited volume on Teaching the Mongols. SUNY Press, estimated August 2015 publication date.

“Not Finding Women in the Archives: The Case of Evgennia Serebrennikova, Pioneering Women Physician in 19th Century Russia.” Aspasia. Volume 10.

“Maria Pokrovskaia.” The Dictionary of Medical Biography. Greenwood Press, 2006.

“Konstantin Pobedonotsev” and “The Instructions of Catherine II to the Legislative Commission,” The Encyclopedia of Russian History, New York: Thomson, Gale, 2004.

Miscellaneous book reviews in H-Net, Russian History, Slavic and East European History

Work in Progress:

I have several ongoing projects, including:

"Writing a Career: Russian Women Physicians Professional Life Stories."

“Russians in California's Central Valley: Molokans, Russian Germans and Russian Baptists.” Book length project.

Other:

Travel Study:

I have led Fresno State’s London Semester, taught a semester in Prague, and taken a small group of students to Russia.

Teaching American History grant:

Project Director for multi-million dollar Teaching American History grant.