Mari Firkatian
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Mari Firkatian


Because it can be fun to teach in such a way that their curiosity about the past is aroused and their passion for understanding it stimulated. 


  • HSB 115: Western Civilization I
  • HSB 125: Western Civilization II
  • HSB 155: Global History I
  • HSB 165: Global History II

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., History, Indiana University 
  • M.A., Slavic Language and Literatures, Indiana University
  • B.A., Russian Language, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., French Lanage, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., Diplôme Supérieure D’études Français, Université de Rouen, France 

Research Interests

  • Minority/Majority Politics and Power Relationships in Bulgaria
  • The Politics of Food Culture
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Gender History
  • Nationalism

Selected Publications 

  • Дипломати Мечтатели Патриоти Българя и Европа През Погледа на Семеиство Станчови [Diplomats, Dreamers, Patriots: Bulgaria and Europe through the Gaze of the Stancioff Family.] Sofia: Paradigma, 2009.
  • Diplomats and Dreamers: The Stancioff Family in Bulgarian History, Lanham: University Press of America, 2008.
  • The Forest Traveler:  Georgi Stoikov Rakovski and Bulgarian Nationalism, New York:  Peter Lang Publishing, 1996.
  • “Nationalism, Patriotism, and ‘Our Ancestral Altars’: Soorp Astvadzadzin Church in Sofia A tale of birth, death, and resurrection” for inclusion in Armenians in Post-Communist Europe edited by K. Siekierski & S. Troebst 2013 by Boehlau Verlag Vienna, as a part of the series Armenians in Eastern Europe
  • The Subjective Experiences of Autobiography and Biography as Modeled by A Bulgarian Family of Public Servants” in Book Series Women and Minorities Archives vol I Women and Minorities: Ways of Archiving Eds. Kristina Popova, Marijana Piskova, et al. Sofia: SEMARSh, 2009. pp. 53-62. 
  • “Retaining Ethnic Identity: The Armenians in Bulgaria” in Identity, Tolerance and Multicultural Issues in Minority/Diaspora/Indigenous Education, Zvi Bekerman and Ezra Koplewitz editors, New York: Routledge, 2007. pp 181-199.
  • “Romanian History and Culture” The Chronology of Twentieth Century Eastern European History, Greg Ference editor, Detroit: Gale Publishing: 301-336, 1994.
  • “Struggling for Each Other: the Stancioff Family at Work,” in Journal of Family History: Studies in Family, Kinship, and Demography, 31/2, pp. 163-189, April 2006.