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Jehanne Gheith

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Box 90259, Durham, NC 27708-0259 (919) 660-3147 (office)

MSWUNC-Chapel Hill2009
Ph.D.Stanford University1992
MA in Russian LiteratureStanford University, Stanford California1987
BA in Russian Literature (summa cum laude)Boston University, Boston, MA1983
Areas of Research

19th & 20th Century Literature, Gulag, Women's & Gender Studies, Cultural Memory

Areas of Interest

Russian literature and culture, C 19 and 20
International Studies
Cultural memory
Gender studies

Professional Experience / Employment History

Duke University
DGS, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, August, 2010 - July, 2011
Chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, September 1, 2006 - August 31, 2009
Director of the International Comparative Studies Program, July, 2002 - present
(Formerly Comparative Area Studies)
Associate Professor of Russian Literature, 1999 - present
Andrew W.Mellon Assistant Professor of Slavic Studies, 1995 - 1996
Assistant Professor of Russian Literature, 1992 - 1999
The Sydney Morning Herald
Translator, August 19, 1991 - September 03, 1991
Moscow Linguistics University
Resident Director, ACTR, Summer, 1991
Duties included overseeing the educational program, and administration
Visiting Positions
Scholar, Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies Program, University of Arizona, 1995
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

NCEEER Faculty Research Grant, NCEEER, May, 2009
Arts and Sciences Research Grant, Duke University, February, 2009
Arts Collaboration Grant, Duke University, October, 2008
Richard K. Lublin Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award, Duke University, March, 2006
Robertson Scholars Collaboration Grant, May, 2004
AWSS Award for Best Book in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Women's Studies, November, 2003
Dean's Leave (one semester), Duke University, Spring, 2003
SSRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship for work on book manuscript, Summer, 1995
George Lurcy Fellowship for dissertation research, 1990-1991
University Fellowship, Stanford University, 1985-1989
Alumni Award, 1983
Modern Foreign Languages Prize, 1983
Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
Russian Prize, 1983


Books and Monographs

  1. Gheith, J. "Gulag Voices."  January, 2011
  2. Gheith, J. "Finding the middle ground: Krestovskii, Tur, and the power of ambivalence in nineteenth century Russian women's prose."  December, 2004: 1-302.
  3. Gheith, J. "Finding the Middle Ground: Evgeniia Tur, V. Krestovskii, and the Power of Ambivalence in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Prose."  Northwestern University Press, 2004
  4. Gheith, J. "History of Women’s Writing in Russia."  Ed. Barker, A; Gheith, J Cambridge University Press, 2002 Awarded the Heldt Prize for Best Book in Slavic/Eurasian Women's Studies, November 2003
  5. Gheith, J. "Russian Women, 1698-1917: Experience and Expression. An Anthology of Sources."  Ed. Bisha, R; Gheith, J; Holden, C; Wagner, W Indiana University Press, 2002
  6. Gheith, J. "An Improper Profession: Women, Gender, and Journalism in Late Imperial Russia."  Ed. Norton, BT; Gheith, J Duke University Press, 2001 Nominated for a Heldt prize
  7. J. Gheith and K. Jolluck, eds.. "Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile."  Palgrave MacMillan,

Papers Published

  1. Fowler, M; Gheith, J. "A Therapeutic Welcome: Mental Health within the Reality Ministries Disability Community." Journal of Disability & Religion (January, 2022). [doi]
  2. Goss, KA. "Introduction." 10 (January, 2014): 265-270. [doi]
  3. Gheith, J. "Reflections on Sibling Grief." Epilogue (Fall, 2005).
  4. Izatt, JA; Fujimoto, JG; Tuchin, VV. "Introduction." 8213 (January, 2012): xv-xvii. [doi]
  5. Gheith, J. "Article on Gulag Research." Encompass (2012). (Spring, 2012. Although this is a student-run journal, it is important for me that Duke students share in my research on the Gulag, so I inlcude it here.)
  6. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Why Did He Ruin Our Happiness?: Letter from Franciszka Dul to Her Husband, Stanisław Dul." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 215-217. [doi]
  7. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "From Privilege to Exile: Interview with Valeriia Mikhailovna Gerlin." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 151-167. [doi]
  8. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Three Death Certificates but No Grave: Interview with Boris Israelovich/Srul’evich Faifman." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 117-131. [doi]
  9. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Bridging Separate Worlds: Interview with Feliks Arkadievich Serebrov." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 169-189. [doi]
  10. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Surrounded by Death: Interview with Giuli Fedorovna Tsivirko." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 87-97. [doi]
  11. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Enumerated Units: Interview with Giuzel Gumerovna Ibragimova." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 133-147. [doi]
  12. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "A Mother in Exile: Interview with Larisa Mikhailovna Lappo-Danilevskaia." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 69-86. [doi]
  13. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "It Wasn’t Life: Interview with Nina Ivanovna Rodina." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 99-114. [doi]
  14. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "A Life in the Forest: Interview with Sira Stepanovna Balashina." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 17-28. [doi]
  15. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Introduction." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 1-14. [doi]
  16. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Under Two Dictators: Interview with Abliaziz Umerovich Ramazanov." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 47-66. [doi]
  17. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Soviet but German: Interview with Robert Avgustovich lanke." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 29-46. [doi]
  18. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "Fare Thee Well: Excerpts from the Camp Correspondence of Valentin Tikhonovich Muravskii and Rozalia Iosifovna Muravskaia." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 219-222. [doi]
  19. Gheith, JM; Jolluck, KR. "We Will Surely Die: Letter from Irena Grześkowiak to Her Father, Andrzej." Palgrave Studies in Oral History (January, 2011): 211-213. [doi]
  20. Gheith, J. "Not the Atom Bomb? Interviewing/Filming Gulag Survivors in a Culture of Dangerous Memory." Kritika (2011).
  21. Davidson, CN. "Foreword." Understanding Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaia’s Short Story Collection: An Album: Groups and Portraits” (December, 2010): xvii-xviii. [doi]
  22. Gheith, J. ""‘It’s Difficult to Convey’: Oral History and Memories of Gulag Survivors"." Gulag Studies 2-3 (November, 2010).
  23. J. Gheith. "“’The doctors said I was normal’: Trauma, the non-narrative, and the Gulag.”." To be published in Slavic Review (2011?). (This should come out in 2013.)
  24. Gheith, J. "“’The doctors said I was normal’: Trauma, the non-narrative, and the Gulag”." Slavic Review (2010).
  25. Gheith, J. ""’It’s Hard to Convey’: Oral History and Memories of Gulag Survivors." Kaiken Takana oli Pelko (January, 2009): 99-116.
  26. Gheith, J. "’Collecting Crumbs’: Rupture and Repair for Children of the Gulag." The Gulag: History and Legacy (2009).
  27. Gheith, J. "’Trudno peredat’: Traumatic Memory and the Gulag." Gulag Studies (2009).
  28. Gheith, J. ""Solovki"; "Legacy of the Gulag"." On Line "Stalin Project" (2008). [available here]
  29. Gheith, J. "’I Never Talked...’: Enforced Silence, Non-Narrative Memory, and the Gulag." Mortality 12.2 (May, 2007): 159-175. [doi]
  30. Gheith, J. "Painting and words: the art of sisterhood." The Sisters Khvoshchinskaia (2006). (forthcoming)
  31. Gheith, J. "Tur/Grot correspondence." Russian Women: Experience and Expression (2006).
  32. Skinner, CS; Kobrin, SC; Campbell, MK; Sutherland, L. "New technologies and their influence on existing interventions." Patient Treatment Adherence: Concepts, Interventions, and Measurement (August, 2005): 491-517. [doi]
  33. Gheith, J. "Women and gender in 18th-century Russia.." Russian Review 64.1 (January, 2005): 112-113. [Gateway.cgi]
  34. Gheith, J. "Evgeniia Tur." Encyclopedia of Russian History (2004).
  35. with Gheith, J; Holmgren, B. "Art and Prostokvasha: Avdotia Panaeva’s Work." The Russian Memoir: History and Literature (2003).
  36. with Adele Barker. "Introduction." A History of Women's Writing in Russia (2002).
  37. Gheith, J. ""Women of the Thirties and Fifties: A Reperiodization"." A History of Women’s Writing in Russia (2002).
  38. Gheith, J. "Karolina Pavlova." Russian Review (2002).
  39. Gheith, J. "Essays on Karolina Pavlova." Russian Review 61.4 (2002): 631-632.
  40. "Introduction." An Improper Profession: Women, Gender, and Journalism in Late Imperial Russia (2001).
  41. Gheith, J. "Redefining the Perceptible: The Journalism(s) of Avdot’ia Panaeva and Evgeniia Tur." An Improper Profession: Women, Gender, and Journalism in Late Imperial Russia (2001).
  42. Gheith, J. "Till My Tale Is Told: Women’s Memoirs of the Gulag." Canadian American Slavic Studies (2001).
  43. Gheith, J. "Nadezhda Durova." Dictionary of Literary Biography (1999).
  44. Gheith, J. "Evgeniia Tur and the Crimean Letters." Russian Women Writers (1998). (article and translation)
  45. Gheith, J. "N. D. Khvoshchinskaia." Reference Guide to Russian Literature (1998).
  46. "The Superfluous Man and the Necessary Woman: A Re-vision." The Russian Review (April, 1996).
  47. Gheith, JM. "The superfluous man and the necessary woman: A "re-vision"." Russian Review 55.2 (January, 1996): 226-244. [doi]
  48. "Introduction." Evgeniia Tur's Antonina (1996).
  49. Gheith, J. "Introduction for a new edition of the Fiitzlyon translation." The Memoirs of Princess Dashkova (1995). (Reprint, 2003)
  50. Gheith, J. "Marina Palei’s "Otdelenie propashchikh"." Lives in Transit (1995).
  51. Gheith, J. "Women in Russian and the Soviet Union." Russian Review (April, 1994).
  52. Gheith, J; Edmondson, L. "Women and Society in Russia and the Soviet Union." Russian Review 53.2 (April, 1994): 315-315. [doi]
  53. Gheith, J. "Evgeniia Tur." Dictionary of Russian Women Writers, Marina Ledkovsky (1994).
  54. Gheith, J. "A Slanted Perspective: Russian Literary Criticism and Women’s Prose in the Nineteenth Century." Teksty 4-5-6 (1993): 213-224.
  55. Gheith, J. ""August 1991," an account of my experiences in Moscow during the failed coup of August, 1991." Women East West (November, 1991).
  56. Gheith, J. ""August 1991," an account of my experiences in Moscow during the failed coup of August, 1991." Crees Newsletter (1991).

Papers Accepted

  1. J. Gheith. "“’The doctors said I was normal’: Trauma, the non-narrative, and the Gulag”." Slavic Review  (2010).

Book Reviews

  1. J. Gheith. Women and gender in 18th-century Russia. ed. Wendy Rosslyn. Russian Review (October, 2004).
  2. J. Gheith. "August 1991," an account of my experiences in Moscow during the failed coup of August, 1991.  CREES Newsletter (Fall, 1991).


  1. Gheith, J, trans. Tur/Grot correspondence. Russian Women: Experience and Expression. Ed. al, RBE. Indiana University Press, 2006.
  2. Gheith, J, trans. Marina Palei’s "Otdelenie propashchikh". Lives in Transit. Ed. Goscilo, H. Ardis, 1995.
  3. Gheith, J, trans. Global Fund for Women brochure.  1990.  for the March 1990 conference on women's issues, Moscow (English to Russian)
Invited Lectures

  1. Do these doctors think they are God?: Russian Hospice--a prelimary report, Duke Hospice, July 13, 2013  
  2. "Voices from the Gulag: Memory and Trauma in the Gulag", University of the South, Sewanee, March 05, 2012  
  3. Voices from the Gulag: Memory and Trauma in the Gulag, University of the South, Sewanee, 5 March 2012  
  4. “Memory, Trauma, and the Gulag”, Burning Coal Theater, 18 December 2011  
  5. "Memory and Trauma through Gulag Generations”, Duke University, October 06, 2011  
  6. Reading from "Gulag Voices" (focus on mothers), Duke University, March 01, 2011  
  7. “’Our Parents Weren’t Dissidents’: Multiple Legacies of the Gulag”, Havighurst Institute, Miami University, September 20, 2010  
  8. “’I had to take my son and my mother into exile’: Experiences of parents and children in the Soviet Gulag”, Notre Dame University, February 25, 2010  
  9. It's Impossible to Convey: Memory, Trauma, and the Gulag, April, 2008  
  10. Stalin's Policies and Legacy, Harvard University, June 26, 2007  
  11. "Naming Our Grief", Duke Community Bereavement Services, May 8-May 29  
  12. “Stalin, the German Shepherd: Memory, Trauma, and the Gulag", Franklin Center, March 21, 2007  
  13. "On Sibling Loss", UNC Chapel Hill, February 27, 2007  
  14. 'Collecting Crumbs': Memory, Rupture, and Repair for Children of the Gulag, Harvard University, 12 February 2007  
  15. 'What Are These Frozen Logs?' Mothers, Children, Memory in the Gulag, Bates College, 12 February 2007  
  16. Memory, Trauma, and the Gulag, Duke University, 12 February 2007  
  17. “It’s Difficult to Convey”: Issues in Oral History and the Gulag”, University of Wisconsin, Madison, February 01, 2007  
  18. "A Will in A Diaper", UNC Greensboro, February 25, 2005  
Professional Service

A&S Council
Representative, Arts and Sciences Council, 2004-2007  
Global Health, December 2013  
University Committee
Library Council, December 2013  
Academic Council, December 2012  
DGS, 2010 - present  
DGS, December 2013  
Director of Graduate Studies, 1992 - 1995, Fall 2000-2006  
DUS, Co-DUS for ICS, 2003 - present  
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, December 2010  
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2000  
Major Advisor
Director of two theses, Honors Thesis, 2008  
Director, Honors Thesis, June 2007  
Co-Advisor, Undergraduate Honors, July 2006  
Dept Committee
Chair, Guest speakers committee, December 2012  
Professional Activities
Member--to award Literature and Culture Book Prize, AATSEEL Publications Committee, 2007 - present  
Reviewer of manuscripts, Literature and History, Russian Review, Slavic Review, SEEJ (Slavic and East European Journal) and book manuscripts for Duke Press, 2006 - present  
Member, Nominating Committee : SCSS, Member, Nominating Committee : SCSS. 2009 - 2010, 2009-2010  
See above, SCSS Executive Council Member, April 18, 2005 - April 17, 2008  
Read Scholars applications for the NEH and ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian), July 2006  
Member, AAASS (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies), July 2006  
Member, AATSEEL (American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages), July 2006  
Member, ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian), July 2006  
Member, MLA, July 2006  
Member, AWSS (Association for Women in Slavic Studies), July 2006  
Chair, SCSS Program Committee, 2004 - 2005  
Title VIII, Grant Application Committee, Spring, 2004  
AWSS (Association for Women in Slavic Studies) Pre-dissertation Prize Committee, 2003  
Member, Graduate Student Committee, AWSS, August 6, 1992 - 1999  
AWSS Nominating Committee, 1995 - 1999  
Member, Ad-Hoc Committee on Professional Issues, AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages), Spring, 1995  
Division Head, Pre-Twentieth Century Panels, AATSEEL, 1993 - 1995  
Member, Program Committee, SCSS, 1994  
Member, Teaching/Mainstreaming Committee, AWSS, 1990 - 1993  
ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian) Selection Committee, Fall, 1992  
Executive Board of the AWSS, 1988 - 1992  
Fulbright Selection Committee, 1988, 1990, 2002  
University Services
Member, Global Health Advisory Board, 2007 - present  
Member, Transcultural Humanities Steering Committee, 2007 - present  
Co-Director, International Comparative Studies, 2003 - present  
Lee/Ewing Post-Doctoral Committee (setting up the guidelines for the post-doc), Fall 2000  
Women's Studies Search (for new director), 1999-2000  
Duke Working Group: "The State, Social Equity, and the Politics of Gender," for the Globalization and Democratic Governance Initiative, 1998-2000  
Comparative Area Studies Steering Committee Member, 1998-  
Policy Committee for Duke CSEEES, 1997-  
University Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, 1996-2001  
Comparative Area Studies Adviser, 1992-  
Chair, Job Search, International Comparative Studies, 2008-2009  
Chair of Committee, Chaired Renewal and Promotion Committees for Profs. Maksimova and Van Tuyl, September 01, 2005 - December 15, 2005  
Director, International Comparative Studies (Comparative Area Studies), 2002 - 2005  
University Scholars Selection Committee, 2004  
Women's Studies Steering Committee Member, 1994 - 2002  
Women's Studies Adviser, 1996 - 2001  
Duke Representative to the Higher Women's Courses, RGGU, 1992 - 1995  
Department Services
Director, Changing Faces of Russia (Russian Focus), Fall 2000; Fall 2001-2006  
Ph. D. Adviser, 1992-  
Co-Director, Graduate Student Committees, July 2006  
In 2008, with Jane Hawkins (Music) and Jody McAuliffe (Theater Studies), I was awarded an Arts Collaboration Grant. We went on a research trip to Russia, filmed the interview subjects I have been working with (Gulag survivors), and visited a Gulag camp. To date the results of our collaboration include: a concert of music from the Gulag, a performance of a monologue based on one of my interviews, and a screening of footage of one of my interviewees at Scenes of Secrecy (Cultural Anthropology conference). In the summer of 2007, I gave a lecture at Harvard and, working with faculty and high school teachers helped there to develop high school curricula on the Stalin period. The fact that there are relatively few courses on Russia before students get to college is one of the reasons that enrollments in Slavic tend to be low. Working to develop curricula at an early stage, then, will be helpful in the long-term for Slavic Department enrollments. I have continued to be involved in this web project. I also continue to be third reader for ICS Honors Theses; a growing number (8 in 2009).
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