Mary Neuburger (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1997) is currently the Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and a Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin, where she teaches courses on the history of modern Eastern Europe. She specializes in Southeastern Europe with interests in urban culture, consumption, gender, and nationalism. She has published two monographs, The Orient Within: Muslim Minorities and the Negotiation of Nationhood in Modern Bulgaria (Cornell University Press, 2004), Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria (Cornell University Press, 2012), and one co-edited volume with Dr. Paulina Bren entitled Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has published numerous essays in edited books, and articles in Slavic Review, Nationalities Papers, Journal of Contemporary History, and other journals. Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Neuburger currently resides in Austin, Texas.

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Dr. Mary Neuburger was the primary author and recipient of Department of Education Group Projects Abroad grant entitled “Siberian Voices” , which took a team of University of Texas students, faculty, and Texas K-12 teachers on a month-long journey into Southern Siberia in the summer of 2013. Together they journeyed through Tuva, to Lake Baikal and along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

4tuvankidsThe focus of the travel-seminar was  Siberian cultures, history, and religions with the goal of curriculum development for current and future U.S. educators. Click on this picture for a story on this  journey, posted on the UT History website, “Not Even Past.”