Marianne Kamp

Associate Professor

Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington

Full Biography

Marianne Kamp is Associate Professor in Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. Since starting research in 1991, she has traveled to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan many times. She is an oral historian who uses her knowledge of Uzbek language for interviewing, and her knowledge of Russian for other forms of research. Her first book, The New Woman in Uzbekistan, concerned Muslim women and unveiling in the 1920s. She currently is working on a book about the collectivization of Uzbekistan's agriculture in the 1930s. She also writes about gender and social issues in present-day Central Asia.

Marianne Kamp started this journey in an unlikely place: Indiana. She graduated from Evansville Central High School (1981), studied Russian at Dartmouth College, and completed her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (1998). Her teaching portfolio has spanned gender studies, Islamic Civilizations, Soviet history, and Central Asian studies. She taught as a visiting professor of History at Whitman College, and then associate professor of History at the University of Wyoming before joining IU's CEUS faculty in 2017.