Loyola University Chicago

Women's Studies and Gender Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Jones Hemenway

TITLE/S: Senior lecturer and director, Women’s Studies & Gender Studies program 

Specialty Area: Russian and Soviet history, Women’s and gender history

OFFICE #: Crown Center 117

Phone: 773.508.2934

E-mail:  ehemenway@luc.edu

CV Link:  tba



Betsy Jones Hemenway, Ph.D. holds a joint appointment in the Women’s Studies & Gender Studies program and the Department of History and serves as the director of the Loyola WSGS program. She holds an M.A. degree in European history from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Russian and Soviet history, with a minor in Women’s history. One part of her research focuses on a gendered analysis of revolutionary narratives in Russia during the early 20th century and includes “Mothers of Communists: Women Revolutionaries and the Construction of a Soviet Identity” and Imagining the Nation as Family: Narratives of Revolution in Russia, 1905 – 1925 (book manuscript in progress). In addition, she has written on the articulation of gendered identities in Polish and Soviet films of the late 1980s, yoga and feminist pedagogy, and Russian migrants and Catholicism. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate classes in WSGS.

Dr. Jones Hemenway has received numerous fellowships and honors, including a Special Projects Award from Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences for 2009 – 2010 and 2011 - 2012, as well as a Faculty Research Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2005 – 2006.  She was a Visiting Scholar at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women at Tulane University from 1996 to 1999 and in 2005 – 2006.


Research Interests

Gender and women’s history, feminist theory, feminist pedagogy, twentieth-century Russian and Soviet history


Courses Taught in WSGS

  • WSGS 201: Global and Local Feminisms
  • WSGS 330/HIST 339F: History of Feminist Thought (undergraduate)
  • WSGS 391: Feminist Methodologies (undergraduate)
  • WSGS 399: WSGS Capstone
  • WSGS 401: History of Feminist Thought (graduate)
  • WSGS 402: Feminist Methodologies (graduate)
  • WSGS 497: Feminist Pedagogies


Selected Publications

  • Imagining the Nation as Family: Narratives of Revolution in Russia, 1905 – 1925 (manuscript under revision).
  • "Lytis, tikêjimas ir kinas: Žvilgsnis į vėlyvąsias socialistines visuomenes per katalikybės objektyvą,” Naujasis židinys-aidai, no. 5 (2011), 328-337 (Lithuania).
  • (co-author) “Losing Ground but Finding the High Road:  Teaching Women’s Studies in Post-Katrina New Orleans,” NWSA Journal, vol. 20, no. 3 (Fall 2008), 185-192.
  • “Mothers of Communists: Women Revolutionaries and the Construction of a Soviet Identity,” in Andrea Lanoux and Helena Goscilo (eds.), Gender and Nationality in Twentieth-Century Russian Culture (Northern Illinois University Press, 2006).
  • Recipient of the 2006 Heldt Prize for the best article in Slavic/East European/Eurasian women’s studies by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies
  • "Nicholas in Hell: Re-writing the Tsarist Narrative in the Revolutionary Skazki of 1917,” Russian Review (April 2001).