Faculty Experts - Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD

Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD

Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD
Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor
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 

Summary

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.

Education

  • Ph.D., History, Princeton University
  • B.A., Russian Language and Literature, The University of Pennsylvania 

Selected Publications

  • “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 

Selected Research

  • 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

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