Mari Firkatian

Professor of History; Secretary of the Faculty Senate


Hillyer College
860.768.4997 Hillyer Hall 322

PhD in History, Indiana University

MA in Slavic Language and Literatures, Indiana University

BA in Russian Language, University of Connecticut

BA in French Lanage, University of Connecticut

BA Diplôme Supérieure D’études Français, Université de Rouen, France

Mari Firkatian is a professor of history. She teaches Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II, Global History I, and Global History II.

When asked why she enjoys teaching Hillyer students, Firkatian said, "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."

Her research interests include:

  • Minority/majority politics and power relationships in Bulgaria
  • The politics of food culture
  • Diaspora studies
  • Gender history
  • Nationalism

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