Svetlana Peshkova

Svetlana Peshkova

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Core Faculty in Women's Studies
Coordinator Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor
Office: Anthropology, Huddleston Hall Rm 315, Durham, NH 03824

Svetlana Peshkova is a socio-cultural anthropologist and a scholar of Islam. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, Core Faculty in Women’s and Gender(s) Studies Department, and a Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor at UNH. Her research interests include Gender and Islam; Feminisms in post-Socialist space; Decolonialism; Muslim women leaders; Islamic education; Transnational Islamic Movements; Gender in Central Asia, and Indigenous History of New Hampshire. Svetlana holds BA and MA (1995, 1996, Linguistics) from Pyatigorsk State University in Russia; MA (1999, Theological Studies) from Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA); MA (2001, Television, Radio, and Film) from Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY); and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and Ph.D. (2006, Anthropology) from Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY). Svetlana published a book, Women, Islam, and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan, and several theoretical and ethnographic articles and book chapters about Muslim women leaders, Islamic education, identity, social movements, and reproductive health. Svetlana Peshkova is a mother and public educator actively learning and writing about Muslim women leaders, gender, Islam in post-Socialist space, decolonialism, and Indigenous Heritage of New England (USA).

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 500: Honors/Peoples and Cultures
  • ANTH 513: Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH 640: Anthropology of Islam
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • ANTH 750: Islam and Gender
  • ANTH 796: Reading and Research
  • COLA 702: Research Interrupted
  • COLA 802: Research Interrupted
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Syracuse University
  • M.A., Pyatigorsk State University of Linguistics
  • M.A., Syracuse University
  • MTS, Emory University

Research Interests

  • Asian Studies
  • Cultural/Social Anthropology
  • Culture--Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender Differences
  • Gender Equality
  • Gender Roles
  • Islamic Studies

Selected Publications

  • Peshkova, S. (2014). Women, Islam, and Identity Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan. Syracuse University Press.