Svetlana Peshkova

Core Faculty in Women's Studies
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Office: Anthropology, Huddleston Hall Rm 315, Durham, NH 03824
Svetlana Peshkova

Svetlana Peshkova is a socio-cultural anthropologist and a scholar of Islam. Her research interests include Gender and Islam; Feminisms in post-Socialist space; Decolonialism; Muslim women leaders; Islamic education; Transnational Islamic Movements; 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.


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

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 440B: Honors/Saving Culture
  • ANTH 500: Peoples & Cultures/Mid East
  • ANTH 513: Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH 640: Anthropology of Islam
  • ANTH 697: Spc Top/Indigenous New England
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • ANTH 750: Islam and Gender
  • ANTH 796: Reading and Research
  • WS 796: Advanced Topics

Selected Publications

Peshkova, S. (2018). Female Religious Leaders in Uzbekistan: Recalibrating Desires and Effecting Social Change. In M. Najafizadeh, & L. Lindsey (Eds.), Women of Asia: Globalization, Development, and Social Change. (pp. 365-378). Routledge.

Peshkova, S. A. (2017). Beyond Piety: Self-related Muslims in Uzbekistan. In P. Jones Luong (Ed.), Islam, Society, and Politics in Central Asia. (pp. 29). University of Pittsburg Press.

Peshkova, S. A. (2017). Women's Marches: Socio-Political Activism of Central Asian Women. Central Asian Analytical Network. Retrieved from

Peshkova, S. A. (2017). “Women and Social Change in Uzbekistan: Public Life in Private Spaces.”. In T. Dadabaev, & M. Laurelle (Eds.), Uzbekistan Beyond the ‘Curtain.’ Approaches, Fieldworks, and Topics. (pp. 283-302). Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield.

Peshkova, S. A. (2016). Religion in Uzbekistan under Karimov and after. Uzbekistan Forum. Virtual Issue.. Central Asian Survey Journal. Retrieved from

Peshkova, S. A. (2015). LEADING AGAINST ODDS Muslim Women Leaders and Teachers in Uzbekistan. JOURNAL OF FEMINIST STUDIES IN RELIGION, 31(1), 23-44. Retrieved from

Peshkova, S. A. (2015). Muslim Women’s Leadership in Uzbekistan: Religion and Emotion. In H. Ahmed-Gosh (Ed.), Contesting Feminisms: Gender and Islam in Asia: A Reader. (pp. 21-47). SUNY Press.

Peshkova, S. (2014). Teaching Islam at a home school: Muslim women and critical thinking in Uzbekistan. Central Asian Survey, 33(1), 80-94. doi:10.1080/02634937.2014.889869

Peshkova, S. (2013). A Post-Soviet Subject in Uzbekistan: Islam, Rights, Gender and Other Desires. Women's Studies, 42(6), 667-695. doi:10.1080/00497878.2013.802640

Peshkova, S. (2009). Bringing the mosque home and talking politics: women, domestic space, and the state in the Ferghana Valley (Uzbekistan). Contemporary Islam, 3(3), 251-273. doi:10.1007/s11562-009-0093-z

Most Cited Publications