Mara Lazda earned her Ph.D. in History at Indiana University. At BCC, she teaches HIS 10 World History, HIS 28 History of Women and Gender, and FYS 11 First Year Seminar. She is a founding member of the BCC Social Justice Network and advisory board member of BCC's Womxn Up! resource center. Professor Lazda's research on twentieth-century Latvia, nationalism, postsocialism, gender and constructions of nationalism and transnationalism has been published as chapters and as articles in Nationalities Papers, the Journal of Baltic Studies, International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, and Aspasia. She co-edited, with Katalin Fábián and Janet Elise Johnson, The Routledge Handbook of Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia (2022). Professor Lazda is the BCC History Option Advisor. Contact her to find out more about the history option and network with other history option students at BCC.
Ph.D., History, Indiana University
Recent Courses Taught: HIS 10 History of the Modern World
HIS 11 Introduction to the Modern World
HIS 28 Women: The Historical Perspective
FYS First Year Seminar
Research Interests: Women and Gender, Memory, Human Rights, Nationalism and Transnationalism
Honors, Awards, and Affiliations:
PSC-CUNY Research Grant, 2013
Discourse of Occupation: Gender in World War II Latvia (manuscript in progress)
Mara Lazda, Katalin Fábián and Janet Elise Johnson, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia (New York: Routledge, 2022)
"Negotiating Gendered Transnationalism and Nationalism in Post-Socialist Latvia," Nationalities Papers, published on-line September 2017, print issue forthcoming http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00905992.2017.1354835
"The Discourse of Power through Gender in World War II Latvia," in Women and Men at War: A Gender Perspective of World War II and Its Aftermath in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Maren Roeger and Ruth Leiserowitz (Osnabrueck, Fibre, 2012), 59-80.
"Reconsidering Nationalism: The Baltic Case of Latvia in 1989," International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 22 (no. 4, 2009), 517-36.
“Family, Gender, and Ideology in World War II Latvia,” in Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe, eds. Maria Bucur and Nancy M. Wingfield. (Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2006), 133-53.
“Women, Nation, and Survival: Latvian Women in Siberia 1941-1957,” Journal of Baltic Studies 36, no. 1 (Spring 2005), 1-12.