Professor of Polish and Russian Studies
Beth Holmgren, a full professor of Polish Studies and Russian Studies, has published widely on Polish literature, theater, popular culture, and film; Russian literature, film, and women's studies; and Russian and Polish artists and performers in the North American diaspora. Her recent scholarship focuses on Polish Jewish cultural history of the interwar period. Her most recent book, Warsaw is My Country (2018), is a cultural biography of Krystyna Bierzynska, an acculturated Jewish Varsovian who survived the Holocaust and served as a 16-year-old orderly in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Holmgren was elected President of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in 2008 (this is the largest organization in the Slavic field outside the region) and elected President of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies for the 2003-2005 term. She is currently finishing her second stint as chair of Duke's Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies (2010-2015, 2016-2019). Holmgren holds secondary appointments in Theater Studies and Gender/Sexuality/Feminist Studies. She is listed as a core faculty member for Jewish Studies. For her updated curriculum vitae. see her site at academia.edu.
- Ph.D., Harvard University 1987
- B.A., Grinnell College 1975
Holmgren, B. Warsaw Is My Country The Story of Krystyna Bierzynska, 1928-1945.: Jews of Poland, February 20, 2018.
Hashamova, Y, Holmgren, B, and Lipovetsky, M. Transgressive women in modern Russian and east European cultures: From the bad to the blasphemous. January 1, 2016. Full Text Open Access Copy
Chatterjee, C, and Holmgren, B. Americans experience Russia: Encountering the enigma, 1917 to the present. December 1, 2013. Full Text
Holmgren, B. Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America.: Indiana University Press, November 10, 2011.
Goscilo, H, and Holmgren, B. Poles apart: Women in modern Polish culture. January 1, 2006.
The Russian Memoir. Ed. Holmgren, Beth, .: Northwestern University Press, November 19, 2003.
Вербицкая, А, and Holmgren, B. Keys to Happiness A Novel.: Indiana University Press, 1999.
Holmgren, B. Rewriting Capitalism.: University of Pittsburgh Pre, December 15, 1998.
Goscilo, H, and Holmgren, B. Russia--women--culture.: Indiana University Press, 1996.
Holmgren, B. Women's Works in Stalin's Time.: Indiana University Press, January 1, 1993.
Holmgren, B. "The Cabaret Song: Its Multi-Ethnic Pedigree and Transnational Adventures, 1919-1968." Being Poland A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918. Ed. Trojanowska, T, Nizynska, J and Czaplinski, P.: University of Toronto Press. October 30, 2018. (Essay)
Holmgren, B. "From the legs up: The rise and retreat of the chorus girl in interwar Poland." Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures: From the Bad to the Blasphemous. January 1, 2016. 13-29. Full Text
Holmgren, B. "Russia on their mind: How hollywood pictured the Soviet front." Americans Experience Russia: Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present. December 1, 2013. 105-123. Full Text
Holmgren, B. "The Polish Actress Unbound: Tales of Modrzejewska/Modjeska." The Other in Polish Theater and Drama. Ed. Johnston, B and Cioffi, K.: Slavica Publishers. 2010. 57-77.
Holmgren, B. "Jean de Reszke." POLISH-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA. Ed. Pula, J. 2009.
Holmgren, B. "Edouard de Reszke." POLISH-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA. Ed. Pula, J. 2009.
Holmgren, B. "Ne-natural’naia shkola:Semeistvo Tal'nikovykh Panaevoi." Trava: Punkty. Ed. Ushakin, S and Trofimova, E.: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. 2009. 45-72.
Holmgren, B. "Aristocrats and Working Girls: Towards a History of Russian Emigre Women in the United States"." MAPPING THE FEMININE: RUSSIAN WOMEN AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCE. Ed. Hoogenboom, H, Nepomnyashchy, C and Reyfman, I. 2008. 231-47..
Holmgren, B. "Settlling for the Real Hollywood: Russians in Studio-Era American Film." American Artists From the Russian Empire. Ed. Petrova, Y.: The State Russian Museum & The Foundation for International Arts and Education. 2008. 97-115.
Holmgren, B. "Evgeniia Ginzburg." Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Ed. Hundert, GD.: Yale UP. 2008.
Holmgren, B. ""Cabaret Identity: How Best to Play a Jew or Pass as a Gentile in Wartime Poland"." Journal of Jewish Identities July 2014.Issue 7, number 2 (July 2014): 15-33. Open Access Copy
Holmgren, B. "Cabaret Identity: How Best to Play a Jew or Pass as a Gentile in Wartime Poland." Journal of Jewish Identities 7.2 (2014): 15-33. Full Text Open Access Copy
Holmgren, . "Collecting the Show on the Road: Spotlight on Anna Mieszkowska and the Polish Cabaret Archive." The Polish Review 59.4 (2014): 3-3. Full Text Open Access Copy
Holmgren, B. "The Lives of Secret Others." East European Film Bulletin (August 2013). (Essay)
Holmgren, B. "Acting Out: Qui pro Quo in the Context of Interwar Warsaw." East European Politics and Societies 27.2 (May 1, 2013): 205-223. Full Text Open Access Copy
Holmgren, B. "Toward an Understanding of Gendered Agency in Contemporary Russia." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38.3 (March 2013): 535-542. Full Text Open Access Copy
Holmgren, B. "The art of playing patriot: The polish stardom of Helena Modjeska." Theatre Journal 62.3 (October 1, 2010): 349-371. (Review) Open Access Copy
Holmgren, B. "War, Women, and Song: The Case of Hanka Ordonowna." Aspasia: the International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’S and Gender History 2 (2010): 139-54.
Holmgren, B. "Taking Stock, Screening History: Twenty Years of Women’s Studies at AAASS." Newsnet of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 49 (January 2009): 1-4.
Tending Andersland: The Vocation of Feliks Konarski and Nina Olenska, 1942-1990. Poles and the Polish Diaspora in North America. Emigration Museum, Gdynia, Poland. September 21, 2017 - September 22, 2017
The Lopek Dancing: The Jewish Foundations of Kabaret Literacki, 1919-1939. Presentation of Volume 31, POLIN series in Polish-Jewish Studies. The Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. January 29, 2019
Comrades versus Flappers: How the Bolshevik Revolution Rolled Over Women's Lives, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. Revolutionary World, 1917 and Beyond. West Virginia University, Slavic Studies. December 4, 2017
Cabaret Warsaw: Yiddish- and Polish-Language Hits of the 1920s and 1930s. In collaboration with Jane Peppler, a professional musician and literary translator from Yiddish, researched, performed, and produced a collection of 20 representative songs from the literary cabarets and kleynkunst revi-teatrs of interwar Warsaw, the capital of both Polish and Yiddish-language culture between the two world wars. CD produced with funding from Duke University’s Collaborative Arts Development Grant. June 2012. Concert given in Bryan Center, June 2, 2012. Second concert given at Southern Conference for Slavic Studies, Greensboro, NC, March 22, 2013.
35-minute documentary written and produced by Beth Holmgren and filmed and edited by Igor Sopronenko, Signature Media Productions LLC. This film focuses on the collaboration between Russian and American scholars and activists and its genesis of Russian women's studies on both sides of the ocean. TWENTY YEARS FORWARD pieces together the history of this collaboration and assesses its consequences through interviews with 18 different subjects.
"Twenty Years Forward: The Contents and Discontents of Modern Russian Feminism," A Documentary awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2009