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Joan Afferica
L. Clark Seelye Professor Emerita of History

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Joan Afferica is L. Clark Seelye Professor Emerita of History. Her research fields include elite formation in 17th- and 18th-century Russia, politics of Soviet historiography, and Russian and Soviet imperial history. Her work on the formation of the Hermitage Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts was published in the Soviet Union and Germany. Her 11 lectures (1995-97) in the winter lecture series on Russian history and culture inaugurated at the Armory Palace in the Moscow Kremlin following the collapse of the Soviet Union led to the introduction for Smith students of a January Interterm course on Russian history and culture conducted on-site in the palaces, churches and museums of the Kremlin. She introduced in the West the work of the exiled Soviet artist E.P. Rozengolts with two exhibitions at The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.) (1999) and The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (2001). Her translation of a book of reproductions of the Rozengolts works recently appeared in Moscow. She is currently completing a translation and commentary of S.M. Solov'ev's history of the uprising of Bogdan Khmelnitsky (1648-57).