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

Holmgren, B. "Helena Modjeska on the American Stage." Ed. A Litak and B Kurylczyk. The Helena Modrzejewska Theatre in Krakow, Poland. 2-3.

Holmgren, B. ""Nadezhda Mandelstam"." YIVO ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JEWS IN EASTERN EUROPE. Ed. GD Hundert. Yale UP.


Holmgren, B. "Why Russian Girls Loved Charskaia." Russian Review 54.1 (January 1995): 91-91. Full Text

Holmgren, B. "The Heart of the Matter? Nationalizing the Russian and Polish Romance." Teksty drugie (texts 2) 3/4 (1995): 68-86.

Holmgren, B. "The Transfiguring of Context in the Work of Abram Terts." Slavic Review 50.04 (1991): 965-977. Full Text

Holmgren, B. "Rozmowy z Gombrowiczem.(Gombrowicz’s A Kind of Testament)." Pamiętnik Literacki (The Literary Journal) 1 (1990): 75-106.

Holmgren, B. "Witold Gombrowicz within the Wieszcz Tradition." The Slavic and East European Journal 33.4 (1989): 556-570. Full Text

Blobaum, R, Holmgren, B, and Wampuszyc, E. "Warsaw 2013(Published online)." East European Politics & Societies. Full Text