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Victoria Smolkin

Assistant Professor of History

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Assistant Professor, Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies


Tutor, College of Social Studies


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BA Sarah Lawrence College
PHD University of California, Berkeley

Victoria Smolkin

Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock's research focuses on Russian and Soviet history, as well as the history of religion and secularism. She is currently working on a book on Soviet atheism and socialist rituals. The project analyzes the significance and functions of private beliefs and rituals in modern society, and evaluates the state’s ability to direct this aspect of individual and social life in order to show that the way ideological states approach spiritual culture. 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Spring 2017:  Wednesdays (4:15-5:15 PM) & Thursdays (3-4 PM)


Fall 2017
CHUM 352 - 01
Death and Politics

Spring 2018
HIST 151 - 01
IH: The "Russian World"

HIST 395 - 01
Moral Life in a Secular World