Moscow–Washington: Capitals of the Cold War Past and Present?

The Department of History and American Studies is pleased to announce the first lecture of the fall 2018 lecture series, “Washington and Moscow: Capitals of the Cold War Past and Present?” Dr. Maria Rogacheva (George Mason University) will give the first lecture about Soviet scientific communities and their role in the Cold War.

Dr. Maria Rogacheva earned her Ph.D. in Soviet History from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. Her dissertation won the 2014 Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize for best doctoral dissertation in Soviet and post-Soviet politics and history. Dr. Rogacheva taught Russian and European history at the College of William and Mary and Beloit College, and was as an Honorary Fellow at the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her book, The Private World of Soviet Scientists from Stalin to Gorbachev, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Dr. Rogacheva currently works at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

Moscow–Washington: Capitals of the Cold War Past and Present?

This fall semester, the Department of History and American Studies is hosting a 5-part lecture series on the urban histories of Moscow and Washington, and their role in shaping Russian-American relations. Please see the description and schedule for the series below.

1892 Bird’s Eye View Map of Washington, DC



Moscow–Washington: Capitals of the Cold War Past and Present?

Hardly a day goes by when the bizarre spectacle of Russian-American relations does not dominate the news. Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US Presidential election, the wars in Ukraine and Syria, and tensions between Russia and NATO are just a few of the major flash points that drive the two nuclear powers further apart and closer to direct conflict. Meanwhile, in defiance of his own intelligence services and raising questions about his loyalties and motivations, US president Donald Trump pushes for better relations with Russia and its president Vladimir Putin, effectively upending decades of American foreign policy toward the United States’ erstwhile adversary. Have the two countries entered a new Cold War, as many commentators contend, or will their current leaders find a meaningful resolution to their outstanding problems that also addresses the long-simmering animosities of various domestic constituencies and government institutions?

New Moscow (1937) by Yuri Pimenov

This fall semester, the lecture series “Moscow-Washington: Capitals of the Cold War Past and Present?” explores the history of Russian and American relations through the lens of each country’s capital city, how their histories have become entangled, and how they have followed different paths. With their origins in very different national and local histories before the 20th century, Moscow and Washington suddenly intersected during the Cold War as the metropoles of two global, entangled empires that displaced those of Western Europe after World War II. [Read more…]

History and American Studies Symposium–April 27, 2018

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 27, 2018


SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—Gendered Histories of Romance, Revolution, and Science Fiction

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Sophia Gutkowski, “’Two Hearts in Counsel:’ Romantic Friendships and Female Love in Antebellum America” (KM)

Gillian Miller, “A Vessel for Change: How Revolutionary Cuba and Nicaragua Influenced Women’s Lives” (AP)

Megan Lindsey, “Powerful Women and Toxic Men: Gender Issues as Represented in Nausicaä and the Valley of the Wind and Akira” (SF)

[Read more…]

History and American Studies Symposium–Spring 2015

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 24, 2015


SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—World War II and Its Aftermath

Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Sarah Palmer—“Illimitable Schemes for Relief”: International Humanitarianism and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (PB)

Jordan Harmer—Postwar Japanese Society Through Osamu Tezuka’s Manga (SF)

Ike Copperthite—Russian Women in the Red Army in World War II (PB)

[Read more…]

CFA: MA position. Urban Studies

CFA: MA position. Urban Studies (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies) at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan


The University of British Columbia, Okanagan, is accepting applications for its MA in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in Urban Studies.  One funded position is available as part of the project “Cities and Regions in Transition after World War II: the case of Rijeka/Fiume,” funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. [Read more…]

Secret Cities and Nuclear Cities–Thursday, April 10 at 5pm

On Thursday, April 10 (5pm in Monroe 116), two international scholars–Xenia Vytuleva and Anna Veronika Wendland–will present their research on the history of two kinds of cities that shaped Soviet social life in the 20th century: secret cities and nuclear cities. Their presentations will focus on a range of issues including Soviet urban history, the current state of Russian and Ukrainian cities, and anti-nuclear activism.

For more information on this event, click on the flyer below:




Are you majoring in History or Historic Preservation? Or considering a career in museum work, regardless of your major?  Cassandra Good, Assistant Editor of The Papers of James Monroe at UMW, has a wealth of experience in the field of museums and history, including past work at the Smithsonian Institute.  For more information on her background, see:

Join the Office of Academic and Career Services on Tuesday, March 25 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Lee Hall, Room 412 for a casual discussion with Dr. Good about Graduate Education, Internships, Finding That First Job, and more!

All majors and class years are welcome. For questions, please call 654-1022 or email