Gwyn Bourlakov

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Primary office:
205G Bailey Hall


I am a graduate of Sterling College with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Government (1989), and completed my Master’s degree in Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Kansas in 1992. After completing my MA I accepted a position at the US Consulate in Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Russia. I have served nearly 20 years as a commissioned officer in the US Army, and in 2012 I returned to KU to work with Dr. Eve Levin and pursue a second career as a Historian.

I am currently PhD candidate in the Department of History working with Dr. Levin studying early modern Russia and East Europe. My research interests span the geographical spaces of Russia and Siberia in the 16th to 18th centuries. In general terms, I study the ways in which gender and empire intersect in the study of Russian imperial expansion. I am also interested in Slavic manuscript studies and material culture. I grew up in Denver, CO where my family resides.

I have served as an online and classroom instructor, and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History and the Humanities Program, since 2012. Courses include: Western Civilization I (HUM 204), Western Civilization II (HUM 205), Renaissance to Revolution (HIST 114), The History of the Second World War (HIST 340), The Samurai (HIST 399), and US History After 1865 (HIST 129).

In 2015-2016 academic year I traveled to Russia on a Fulbright Research Fellowship conducting archival research for my PhD dissertation project on “Convergence of Gender and Empire: Women in 17th and 18th- Century Siberia.” I also had the opportunity to complete a fellowship with the Oakridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) for seven months in 2017 where I worked as a Disinterment Historian for the DoD POW/MIA Accounting Agency researching unidentified service members who were lost in the China-Burma-India Theater during the Second World War.


BA -- History and Government from Sterling College
MA -- Soviet and East European Studies, The University of Kansas
Ph.D Candidate, History, The University of Kansas

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