Beth Holmgren

Beth Holmgren

Professor of Polish and Russian Studies

External address: 
316 Languages Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90259, Durham, NC 27708-0259
(919) 660-3140

Beth Holmgren is a full professor trained in Polish Studies and Russian Studies, with special expertise in narrative and film analysis, performance studies, gender studies, diasporic studies, and cultural history.  She currently serves as chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke, beginning her seventh year in this office (2010-2015, 2016-).  Holmgren is listed among the core faculty in Jewish Studies, and holds secondary appointments in Theater Studies and Women's Studies. Over the course of her career, Holmgren has worked closely with the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (President, 2008); the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (President,2003-2005); and the Polish Studies Association, For her updated curriculum vitae. see her site at


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1987
  • B.A., Grinnell College 1975

"Public women, parochial stage: The actress in late nineteenth-century Poland." Poles Apart: Women in Modern Polish Culture. January 1, 2006. 11-35.

Holmgren, B. "Five short articles – "Nadezhda Mandelstam," "Liudmila Petrushevskaia," "GUM," "Lidiia Ruslanova," "Red Army Chorus"." THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN CULTURE. Ed. K Evans-Romaine, H Goscilo, and T Smorodinskaya. Routledge UP, 2006.

Holmgren, B. "W domu u Sienkiewicza." Polonistyka Po Amerykansku: Badania Nad Literature Polska W Ameryce Polnocnej (1990-2005). Ed. H Filipowicz, A Karcz, and T Trojanowska. Wydawnictwo, Warsaw, Poland: Instytut Badan Literackich PAN, 2005. 301-15.

Holmgren, B. "Imitation of Life: A Russian Guest in the Polish Regimental Family." Polish Encounters/Russian Identity. Ed. D Ransel and B Shallcross. Indiana University Press, 2005. 37-49.

Holmgren, B. "America, America: Scouting the Routes of Translation." Living in Translation: Polish Writers in America. Ed. H Stephan. Rodopi Press, 2003. 29-43.

Holmgren, B. "Emigre-zation: American Picture Books and Russian Artists." KAZAAM! SPLAT! PLOOF! The American Impact on European Culture Since 1945. Ed. S Ramet and G Crnkovic. Rowman and Littlefield, 2003. 219-33.

Holmgren, B. "Writing the Female Body Politic (1945-1985)." The Cambridge History of Russian Women's Literature. Ed. A Barker and J Gheith. Cambridge University Press, 2002. 225-42.

Holmgren, B. "The Importance of Being Unhappy, or Why She Died." Imitations of Life: Two Centuries of Melodrama in Russia. Ed. L McReynolds and J Neuberger. Duke University Press, 2002. 79-98.

Holmgren, B. "Ameryka, Ameryka, czyli jak zyc w przekladzie." Zycie W Przekladzie. Ed. H Stephan. Wydawnictwo Literackie, Krakow, Poland, 2002. 17-33.

Holmgren, B. "At Home with Sienkiewicz." Framing the Polish Home: Postwar Cultural Constructions of Hearth, Nation, and Self. Ed. B Shallcross. Ohio University Press, 2002. 219-36.


Lyman, GH. "Introduction." Clinical Cornerstone 8 (January 2006): S4-S4. Full Text

HOLMGREN, BETH. "Cossack Cowboys, Mad Russians: The Emigre Actor in Studio-Era Hollywood." Russian Review 64.2 (April 2005): 236-258. Full Text

"Art and prostokvasha: Avdot'ia panaeva's work." (December 1, 2003): 128-144. (Chapter)

"Nadezhda Mandel'shtam and her american interlocutors." Russian Review 61.4 (January 1, 2002): 531-534. Full Text

Holmgren, B. "Virility and Gentility: How Sienkiewicz and Modjeska Redeemed America." Polish Review XLVI.3 (2001): 283-296.

"Patronized saints: The cult of the artist in Poland's illustrated weekly." East European Politics and Societies 10.3 (September 1, 1996): 416-437.

Holmgren, B. "Those Unsettling Slavs, Or There's No Place Like Home." Literary Studies East and West 11 (1996): 98-110.