Denis Vovchenko

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Dr Denis Vovchenko

vovchenk@nsuok.edu

  • Associate Professor
    History

Office Location

  • Tahlequah
    Haskell Hall Annex 234
    (918) 444-3530

Bio

I grew up in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic, as part of the Russian-Ukrainian minority in the majority Muslim population. That diverse borderlands experience shaped my interest in languages and religions. Thus when I was admitted into Moscow State Lomonosov University in 1996, I chose to study Byzantine literature and Greek language as my major to better understand the culture of the Balkans and the Near East where the earliest Christian-Muslim interactions developed. Driven by my passion for study abroad, in 2001, I passed English and German proficiency tests eventually selecting to pursue a Ph.D. degree in the US. In 2008, after 6 years of coursework and overseas archival research I defended my dissertation at the University of Minnesota titled "Containing Balkan Nationalism: Imperial Russia and Ottoman Christians (1856-1912)."

Education:

  • Ph D,History of Modern Europe and Middle East,University of Minnesota,Magna cum laude,2008
I am fascinated by the interplay of ethnic and religious components in cultural identities as well as their role in motivating political action.
I teach a variety of European and world history courses including "History of the Islamic World", Early and Modern Western Civilization.

Intellectual Content:

  • Review of Victor Taki, Tsar and Sultan: Russian Encounters with the Ottoman Empire (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016) (Book Review), Discovery, Accepted, ,
  • Through Distant & Distorted Mirrors: the Ideological Currents among the Russian migrs in Interwar Yugoslavia in the Writings of Ivan Dorba (in Russian) (Conference Proceeding), Discovery, Published, December, 2019
  • Review of Lucien Frary, Russia and the Making of Modern Greek Identity, 1821-1844 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) (Book Review), Discovery, Published, October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2018
  • Review of Eyal Ginio, The Ottoman Culture of Defeat: the Balkan Wars and their Aftermath (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) (Book Review), Discovery, Published, October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2018

Courses Taught:

  • EARLY WORLD CIVILIZ TO 1500 - HIST 2713 - Fall 2020
  • MODERN WESTERN CIVILIZATION - HIST 1213 - Fall 2020
  • MODERN WESTERN CIVILIZATION - HIST 1213 - Fall 2020
  • HISTORY OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD - HIST 4313 - Fall 2020
  • MODERN WESTERN CIVILIZATION - HIST 1213 - Summer 2020