Svetlana A. Peshkova

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


  • 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

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 440: Honors/Saving Culture
  • ANTH 500: Peoples & Cultures/Mid E&N Afr
  • ANTH 513: Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH 697: Spc Top/Indigenous New England
  • ANTH 699: Honors Senior Thesis
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • ANTH 750: Islam and Gender

Selected Artistic Activities & Publications

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. (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. (2016). Religion in Uzbekistan under Karimov and after. Uzbekistan Forum. Virtual Issue.. Central Asian Survey Journal. 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. 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. (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. (2014). Women, Islam, and Identity Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan. Syracuse University Press.

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

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Most Cited Publications