Dr Natalia Starostina is an Associate Professor of History at Young Harris College, USA. Natalia completed her PhD at Emory University, USA, in 2007. Her books Between Memory and Mythology and The Construction of Memory of Modern Wars were published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and Academica Press in 2014 and 2015 respectively. She has published more than 33 articles in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, Revue Diasporas, Revue Migrance, Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Review d’histoire des chemins de fer, Southeast Review of Asian Studies, Dialectical Anthropology, and other publications in English, Russian, and French.
Natalia recently gave invited talks at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, the National Railway Museum in York, UK, Osaka and Nanzan Universities, Japan, and Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. In 2012 and 2013, she received two awards for exemplary teaching at Young Harris College: the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award, sponsored by Southeast Division and Georgia Independent College Association.
Her expertise is in early modern and modern European history. Natalia teaches a variety of subjects including early modern and modern French history, the French Revolution and Napoleon, gender and women’s history in the French empire, the history of Paris, the First and the Second World Wars, twentieth century European history, technology and culture, and early modern and modern Russian and Soviet history.
At Emory University, she completed her dissertation on the representations of railways and train travel in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. Her interest in railways started with her fascination with the Orient Express, which was described as a train of millionaires, diplomats, adventurers, and spies, and became a gem of leisurely travel and an embodiment of bourgeois aspirations.
She has also developed an interest in the history of the Russian émigré community in interwar France. Her articles have introduced a number of new approaches to the history of “Russian Paris” by integrating the methodology of women’s history and gender, of cultural memory studies, and subjectivity. She has analyzed the history of Russian women émigré writers and their key role in building the new émigré “self” as well as preserving the Russian cultural heritage abroad. Through the lenses of the history of emotions and subjectivity, her research looks at emotional responses and dynamics experienced by Russian immigrants.
Her interests in the Russian diaspora are useful for understanding contemporary French history as the social and cultural assimilation of immigrants becomes the key issue of European politics. Theoretical insights by Pierre Bourdieu, Maurice Halbwachs, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, and other scholars inform and shape her methodology and her approach to history of the Russian diaspora.