Professor of History, History Department Chair, University of Kentucky
Karen Petrone is a Professor of History and is completing her second term as Chair of the Department of History at the University of Kentucky, where she has taught for twenty-five years. Since receiving her AB in Russian History and Literature at Harvard/Radcliffe in 1987, she has pursued interdisciplinary research in Russian and Soviet History, Literature, and Culture as well as in Gender Studies. Petrone received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994, and is the author of two books: Life Has Become More Joyous, Comrades: Celebrations in the Time of Stalin (Indiana, 2000) and The Great War in Russian Memory (Indiana, 2011). She greatly enjoys collaborative work and has co-edited three books: The New Muscovite Cultural History (Slavica, 2009), Gender Politics and Mass Dictatorship (Palgrave, 2011), and Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present (Indiana, 2014.) She has also co-written articles on selfhood and subjectivity and transnational feminism with Choi Chatterjee. Most recently, she has co-authored a textbook (with Kenneth Slepyan) The Soviet Union and Russia, 1939-1945: A History in Documents (Oxford, 2016). She is currently at work on a new book tentatively entitled Reading War Memory in Putin's Russia. Petrone has held leadership roles in several affiliated organizations; she served as President of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies in 2013-2014 and as a Board Member of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies in 2014-2015. She was co-chair of the ASEEES Program Committee (2010) and the Chair of the ASEEES Communications Advisory Committee (2016-2017). She would be honored to continue her service to the profession as Member-at-Large on the ASEEES Board.