Nina Bogdan

About Nina Bogdan

Nina Bogdan is a PhD Candidate focusing on the history of early twentieth century Russian-American relations and Eastern European immigration to the United States. She has re-entered the world of academia after many years of government work as a Russian Language Analyst and, more recently, as a freelance translator and business owner.

In her early academic career, Nina earned an M.A. in Political Science from UC Davis (1990). Her MA thesis examined selected intelligence problems in a comparative study of the origins and structure of the CIA and KGB. It was recommended for publication but the dissolution of the USSR demanded revisions immediately upon completion and she never did get to it.

Currently, she is focusing on the diasporic experience of Eastern European and Slavic groups in the United States, particularly in the early twentieth century; identity formation in immigration; spatial contestations in urban environments; diasporic collective memories and nostalgia.





Areas of Study

Late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Russian-American relations; Native American studies; Eastern European immigration experiences to the U.S.; contestations of space, particularly in urban environments; identity formation; collective memories and diasporic experence.


Upcoming: 2018 Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference on Russia and the Pacific Northwest: From Fort Ross to the Aleutian Islands, April 6-7, Univ. of Oregon. Title: “Space and Memory: Fort Ross in the Russian Diaspora’s Imaginary.”

2017 Pacific Coast Branch American History Association Conference, August 3-5, California State University, Northridge: Panel: “Shifting Gendered Cultural Identities in Pacific Coast Urban Landscapes”; paper title: “Creating a Russian Cultural Identity in Nativist America: San Francisco’s Russian Diaspora in California’s Diamond Jubilee Parade.”

2017 Western Social Science Association (WSSA) Conference in Slavic section (Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS)), April 13-15, San Francisco, California Title: “Diasporic Collective Memory, Group Identity, Cohesion, and Performance: Two Russian Communities Negotiate Public Space in San Francisco’s 1937 Yarmarka.”

2016 Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, September 23-25, University of Colorado, Boulder Title: “The Serbian Community in Bisbee, Arizona – a Story of Negotiated Acculturation in Nativist America.”

Invitee to the World Former Foreign Harbiners Conference and International Seminar on the History of Former Foreign Residents of Harbin in Harbin, China, June 25-30, 2017, hosted by the Harbin Municipal Government and Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences, Heilongjiang University.

2011-2015: Researcher/translator for Robert W. Cherny, Professor emeritus of History, San Francisco State University, for his book on Victor Arnautoff, a Russian emigre artist: Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017).

2015: Technical Consultant at the Drachman Institute, College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture on project: "Developing an Historic Ecclesiastical Landscape Study for Russian America from approximately 1840 to 1920" for the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.Themes of this study included cultural adaptations of Native Alaskans in the context of their relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church from 1840 to 1920 as well as Russian/Native Alaskan/American cultural and identity conflicts engendered in the transfer of Alaska to the United States in 1867.


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Contact Information

Nina Bogdan
PhD Candidate
Office: CHVZ 422
Office Hours: From Oct. 29- Dec.5: W 4-5pm; skype & by appt (Fall 2018)


M.A., History, University of Arizona, 2016

M.A., Political Science, UC Davis, 1990

B.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University, 1984

B.A., Russian Language and Literature, San Francisco State University, 1984

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistantships:

Fall 2017: Europe and the Modern World

Spring 2017: THe Making of American Cultures 1600-1877

Fall 2016: U.S. History and Institutions since 1877

Spring 2016: The Making of American Cultures 1600-1877

Fall 2015: World History to 1500

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Us

Department of History
Cesar E. Chavez Bldg.
Main Office, Room 415 
1110 James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721

Tel: (520) 621-1586
Fax: (520) 621-2422