Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD
Dean of Graduate Studies
Department of History
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
- Russian and Soviet History
- Russian Literature
- Environmental History
- Development of Voluntarism and Civil Societies
Russian history and culture have long been a point of fascination for Dr. Lindenmeyr. She has extensively researched the history of charity and social welfare in Russia, tracing its evolution from a civil society with privately funded, organized relief for the poor to an autocratic state like Imperial Russia, to today’s new Russia, a reconstructed civil society underpinned by a network of private charities and organizations. Dr. Lindenmeyr is also an expert on Russian women’s history.
- Ph.D., History, Princeton University
- B.A., Russian Language and Literature, The University of Pennsylvania
- “Building a Civil Society One Brick at a Time: People’s Houses and Worker Enlightenment in Late Imperial Russia,” Journal of Modern History 84, No. 1 (March 2012), 1-39.
- “Countess Sofia V. Panina and the Russian Émigré Community in New York, 1939-1956,” Proceedings of the Conference on “Russian Emigration at the Crossroads of the XX-XXI Centuries” (New York: The New Review / Noviy Zhurnal, 2012), 100-112.
- “Countess S. V. Panina, Her Life and Fate,” The Intellectual Worlds of Russian Liberalism: Countess Sofia Vladimirovna Panina, 1871-1956. Proceedings of an International Colloquium in Moscow, May 29-31, 2011), M. Iu. Sorokina, comp. (Moscow: Dom russkogo zarubezh’ia im. Aleksandra Solzhenitsyna, 2012), 9-25.
- “’Primordial and Gelatinous’? Civil Society in Imperial Russia,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 12, No. 3 (Summer 2011), 705-20.
- “A Russian Countess Discovers America,” History of St. Petersburg, No. 3 (55), 2010, 41-47.
- Poverty is Not a Vice: Charity, Society and the State in Imperial Russia. Princeton University Press, 1996.
Selected Professional Experience
- Villanova faculty member since 1987
- Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
- Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2008-2009
- Likhachev Foundation, St. Petersburg, Russia, Cultural Fellowship, 2008
- American Philosophical Society Research Grant, 1998
- Villanova University Faculty Summer Research Grant, 1997
- National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for Archival Research in Russia, May-June 1993