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Tolmacheva, Marina

Professor, History
Washington State University

Marina Tolmacheva is Professor of History at Washington State University, specializing in the Middle East and Islamic Civilization. She came to the United States from Russia after training as an Arabist and historian with the leading specialists in St.Petersburg (then Leningrad). Although Tolmacheva’s first job in the United States was teaching Russian at Harvard, she soon moved to the Pacific Northwest and has been teaching history at Washington State University since 1987. Tolmacheva is the author and co-author of three books, over 80 refereed articles and chapters, and over 90 book reviews and abstracts. Her research interests include Arabic sources on Africa, history of Arabic geography and travel, and Islamic historiography of Africa and Central Asia. Tolmacheva is a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of prestigious fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation, and American Philosophical Society, among others. She has also developed an interest in international higher education, traveling to post-Soviet republics and mentoring the new generation of university faculty from Mongolia to Ukraine. In 2006-2009 she served as President of the American University of Kuwait.

13th-18th Centuries   
Africa (Sub-Saharan)   
Central Asia   
Indian Ocean Region   
Arabic Geog & Travel   
Arabic Sources Arab-Swahili Chronicles   
Cen Asia Historiography   
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PhD1970EthnoAcademy Sci, Leningrad
Marina Tolmacheva

Department of History
Washington State University
Pullman, WA
United States