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Tricia Starks

  • Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
  • Russian/Soviet, Gender, Public Health

Contact Information

  • 575-7592
  • MAIN 408
  • Office Hours:
    W 1:00-3:00 pm
    or by appointment


When not discussing the downfall of capitalism with her friends on Red Square, Tricia Starks (B.A. University of Missouri, 1991; Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2000) investigates public health. Her first book detailed the application of the techniques of the modern state in the Soviet 1920s, and she currently researches the culture of tobacco use from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Her monograph Cigarettes & Soviets: A History of Tobacco Use in Twentieth-Century Russia smolders on. She teaches courses on Russian history from its beginnings to the present. In 2007, she was inducted into the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy after having won both the Master Teacher Award of Fulbright College and the University of Arkansas Student Alumni Board Teacher of the Year Award in 2006.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Tobacco in Russian History and Culture from the Seventeenth Century to the Present, eds. Matthew Romaniello and Tricia Starks, Routledge University Press, 2009
  • The Body Soviet: Hygiene, Propaganda, and the Revolutionary State University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.

Courses Taught

  • World Civilizations II
  • Russia to 1861
  • Russia since 1861
  • Sex, Class, Race, Disease
  • Health and Disease