Current Faculty

Barbara Skinner

Associate Professor

education:  Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2001

office:  Stalker Hall 302


phone:  (812) 237-2722

Office hours:   W, 2:30-3:30 pm, T/TH, 12:45-13:45 pm, and by appt.

Faculty Profile

Barbara Skinner received her B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from Georgetown University in Russian Area Studies. After a stint as a Russian interpreter and translator, she earned her Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University, specializing in Russia and East European history. She joined the faculty at ISU in 2005 after three years at Adelphi University in New York. Her research focuses on the early Russian Empire and religious policies in Russia and early modern Poland. Her first book, The Western Front of the Eastern Church explores the confrontation between Orthodoxy and Catholicism in Ukraine and Belarus in the eighteenth century. She is currently beginning research on a second book that assesses the cultural integration of the lands of partitioned Poland into the Russian Empire in the early nineteenth century. Dr. Skinner teaches courses on world history, Russia, European religious history, and graduate history methods.

Courses taught at ISU:

HIST 101 - Studies in World Civilization to 1500
HIST 102 - Studies in World Civilization since 1500
HIST 470/570 - Tsarist Russia
HIST 471/571 - Modern Russia
HIST 496/596 - Topics in European History - Christianity in European Society and Culture
HIST 650 - Historical Method and Theory