Michelle DenBeste


Office: Social Sciences 101

Email: mdenbest@csufresno.edu

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).

Work in Progress:

I have several ongoing projects, including:

"Evgeniia Serebrennikova: Teacher, Physician, Public Health Advocate. Representative of the "Experiment in Women's Medical Education in Late 19th Century Russia."

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

Russian Women Physicians: Professionalism, Feminism, Radicalism. Book length project.

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


Travel Study:

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

Teaching American History grant:

I do not teach American history, but I have been involved in a number of teaching American History grants where we have partnered with Clovis Unified School District, Fresno Unified School District and the History Project. These grants have allowed us to work with K-12 teachers on curriculum projects, travel study, and mentoring projects.