Rimmel, Lesley A.


RimmelCroppedLesley A. Rimmel, Associate Professor
PhD, Pennsylvania

Address 113 Murray (south)
Email lesley.rimmel@okstate.edu
Phone (405) 744-8189

Fall 2017 Office Hours: TR 12:30-2:00pm, and by appointment

Fields
Russia; Soviet Union; Women's; 20th Century Europe; Political and Social Violence

I have long been interested in the study of political and social violence. I am especially concerned with the issue of how and why certain segments of a population are targeted for that violence, as well as the question of why some people in the population at large support and even participate in that violence, while others do not. My main research project has focused thus far on popular opinion among Soviet citizens regarding the Stalinist terror of the 1930s. Publications resulting from this project have thus far appeared in Russian Review, Slavic Review, Cahiers du Monde russe, and Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, among other scholarly outlets. I am also currently working on the problem of anti-Semitism in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, specifically the belief in and use of the “ritual murder” accusation.  The graduate courses that I teach reflect these interests; I have offered seminars on Stalinism, the Holocaust, and women and human rights. So does my outreach work, which has included participating in a USAID-funded project training future women leaders in Uzbekistan. A soon-to-be appearing publication in The Women's Review of Books also represents an effort to reach out to communities outside of academe and combines my interests in Soviet history and women: a review essay titled "How Do You Solve a Problem like Svetlana?" on Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan. 

Courses Taught
1623 - Western Civilization after 1500
3153 - Russia to1861
3980 - Studies in History
4980 - Topics in History
5000 - Thesis
6000 - Dissertation
6100 - Directed Readings in History
6130 - Russia to 1861

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