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Victoria Tashjian

Professor of History

B.A., William Smith College
M.A., Northwestern University
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Programs: History, Women's and Gender Studies

Victoria Tashjian joined the faculty in 1992 and offers classes in African history and women’s and gender studies.  

During the 2005-06 academic year she conducted a student-faculty research project on the construction of masculinity in Asante with Casey Golomski '06, and in 2013 she served as the mentor for Severina Scott’s ’14 McNair Scholar research on prostitution in northern Wisconsin in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Professor Tashjian is author of the books “I Will Not Eat Stone”: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante (with Jean Allman) and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture: Africa. She has also presented papers and published articles and book chapters addressing gender and economic change in Asante, women’s rights in Nigeria and British colonial policy in West Africa. She is currently investigating African American settlement in nineteenth century Northeast Wisconsin.

The recipient of St. Norbert College’s Donald B. King Distinguished Scholar Award in 2000 and the Leonard Ledvina Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012, Professor Tashjian devotes a good deal of time at the College to diversity and international issues.

She currently serves as director of the college's international studies and women's and gender studies programs.

HIST 118 Survey of African History
HIST 335/WMGS 335 Women and Work
HIST 344 Colonialism in Africa through the Novel
HIST 351/WMGS 351 Women, Gender, and Imperialism
HIST 352 East Africa-The Swahili
GENS 418 International Inequalities