Daina Stukuls Eglitis

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Daina Stukuls Eglitis

Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Core Faculty


Office Phone: (202) 994-1515
801 22nd St. NW Washington DC 20052

Professor Eglitis's research focuses on the social dimensions of postcommunist transformations in Eastern Europe. She is especially interested in the ways in which transformation has affected women in the region and the ways in which women have responded to the dramatic changes of the last decade. She is also interested in poverty and class inequality in both the newly-capitalist states of Eastern Europe and modern capitalist states like those in the West. In the spring semester of 2015, Professor Eglitis was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She continues to actively research, write, and speak about her work on Holocaust memory in the Baltic countries and on women's experiences of the Holocaust and World War II in the East and Central European region. 

Unwritten Histories: World War II, Women & the Silences of the Past – This book manuscript brings together a new sociological theorization of collective memory with the development of agent-centered microhistories of groups of women long consigned to the silences of history. The book highlights case studies of Jewish and Latvian women fighting at the Eastern front in World War II, women victims of sexual violence in Nazi ghettos and camps in Central and East Europe, and widowed mothers in post-war Displaced Persons camps. This work is based on research conducted while Professor Eglitis was a research fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Undergraduate Courses:
SOC 1000 - Wealth, Poverty and Inequality in Washington, DC (Dean's Seminar)
SOC 1000 - Sociology of AIDS (Dean's Seminar)
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology
SOC 2104 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 2170 - Class and Inequality in American Society
SOC 2175 - Sociology of Sex and Gender

Graduate Courses:
SOC 6238 - Classical Sociological Theory

Daina S. Eglitis. Is History Repeating Itself on Ukraine’s Eastern Front? Transitions Magazine. May 3, 2022. 

Daina S. Eglitis. The crimes of Bucha have a long history. New Eastern Europe Magazine. April 21, 2022. 

Daina S. Eglitis and Michelle Kelso. A Fearsome Precedent. Transitions Magazine. March 28, 2022.

Eglitis, D.S. and Zelče, V., 2021. An Unlikely Refuge: Latvia’s Women Volunteers in the Red Army in World War II. East European Politics and Societies, 35(1), pp.50-68.

Daina S. Eglitis, William J. Chambliss, Susan L. Wortmann, Discover Sociology, 5th edition (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2021).

Zsuza Csergo, Daina S. Eglitis and Paula M. Pickering (eds.), Central and East European Politics: Changes and Challenges, 5th edition (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2021).

Eglitis, D.S. and Kelso, M., 2019. Ghost heroes: Forgetting and remembering in national narratives of the pastActa Sociologica, 62(3), pp.270-283.

Daina S. Eglitis and William J. Chambliss, Discover Sociology: Core Concepts (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2019).

William J. Chambliss and Daina S. Eglitis, Discover Sociology, 3rd edition (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2018).

Winner, 2018 Textbook & Academic Authors Association Textbook Excellence Award

Eglitis, D.S. and Bērziņš, D., 2018. Mortal threat: Latvian Jews at the dawn of Nazi occupationNationalities Papers, 46(6), pp.1063-1080.

Daina S. Eglitis. “The Baltic States: Facing New Challenges in Politics, Society, and Security,” chapter in Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.), Central and East European Politics: from Communism to Democracy, 4rd edition (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018): pp. 312-335.

Daina S. Eglitis and Laura Ardava. “Challenges of a Postcommunist Presidency: Vaira Vīke-Freiberga and the Leadership of Latvia,” chapter in Veronica Montecinos (ed.), Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies (London: Palgrave, 2017): pp. 259-276.

Daina S. Eglitis. “Paradoxes of Power: Gender, Work, and Family in the New Europe,” chapter in David J. Smith (ed.), Latvia – A Work in Progress? 100 Years of State- and Nation-building (Stuttgart: ibidem Verlag, 2017): pp. 225-242.

Daina S. Eglitis, Fran L. Buntman, and Dameon V. Alexander. “Social Issues and Problem-Based Learning in Sociology: Opportunities and Challenges in the Undergraduate Classroom,” Teaching Sociology Vol.44, No.3 (2016): pp.212-220.

Michelle Kelso and Daina S. Eglitis. 2014. "Holocaust Commemoration in Romania: Roma and the Contested Politics of Memory and Memorialization." Journal of Genocide Research. 16:4, pp. 487-511.

William J. Chambliss and Daina S. Eglitis. Discover Sociology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2014.

Daina S. Eglitis and Laura Ardava. “Remembering the Revolution: Contested Pasts in the Baltic Countries,” in Michael Bernhardt and Jan Kubik (eds.), Twenty Years After Communism: The Politics of Memory and Commemoration. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Daina S. Eglitis. “The Baltic States: Changes and Challenges in the New Europe,” chapter in Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.), Central and East European Politics: from Communism to Democracy, 3rd edition (Rowman and Littlefield 2014).

Daina S. Eglitis and Vita Zelče. “Unruly Actors: Latvian Women of the Red Army in Post-War Historical Memory,” Nationalities Papers, vol. 41, no. 6 (October 2013): pp. 987-1007.

Daina S. Eglitis and Laura Ardava. “The Politics of Memory: Remembering The Baltic Way Twenty Years after 1989,” Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 64, no. 6 (August 2012): pp. 1033-1060.

Daina S. Eglitis. “Class, Culture, and Consumption: Representations of Stratification in Post-Communist Latvia,” Cultural Sociology, vol. 5, no. 3 (September 2011): pp. 423-446.

Daina S. Eglitis. “Performing Theory: Dramatic Learning in the Theory Classroom,” Teaching Sociology, vol. 38, no. 4 (October 2010): pp. 340-349.

Daina S. Eglitis. “The Baltic States: Changes and Challenges in the New Europe,” chapter in Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.), Central and East European Politics: from Communism to Democracy, 2nd edition (Rowan and Littlefield 2010): pp. 231-249.

Daina S. Eglitis. “Cultures of Gender and the Changing Latvian Family in Early Post-Communism,” Journal of Baltic Studies, vol. 41, no. 2 (June 2010): pp. 151-176.

Daina S. Eglitis. 2010. "The Uses of Global Poverty: How the West Benefits from Economic Inequality," in Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, eighth edition, Nijole Benokraitis and John Macionis (eds.) (Prentice-Hall).

Daina S. Eglitis and Tana Lace. “Stratification and the Poverty of Progress in Post-Communist Latvia,” Acta Sociologica, vol. 52, no. 4 (December 2009): pp. 329-349.

Daina S. Eglitis. Imagining the Nation: History, Modernity and Revolution in Latvia (Pennsylvania State University Press 2002).

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Michigan, 1998

Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan, 1993

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, George Washington University, May 1990