Daina Eglitis 2

Daina Stukuls Eglitis

Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
409 I
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington DC,
Phone: 202-994-1515
[email protected]

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 2007-2008, Professor Eglitis was a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia. Recently, she was selected to be an International Scholar in the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute. In this capacity, she will be working on research and curriculum development together with the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the Yerevan State University in Armenia.

Current Research

Research Manuscript: "Forward to Utopia: Latvian Women in the Red Army in World War Two"

This work looks at a little-examined group of participants in World War II: Latvian women who volunteered for and spent time on the Eastern Front as nurses, junior nurses, snipers, radarists, and tank drivers in the Red Army. The paper discusses the means and motivations that brought these women to the bloody battle fronts, situating the narratives offered by autobiographies, biographies, and historical accounts within the literature on collective memory, power, and ideology.


PhD University of Michigan, 1998


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, forthcoming in 2014 from Rowman and Littlefield.

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).

Classes Taught

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

Discover Sociology!

Sociology is a discipline of curious minds. What key social forces construct and transform our lives as individuals and as members of society? How does our social world shape us? How do we shape our world?

In their new textbook, Discover Sociology (Sage, 2013), Daina S. Eglitis and Bill Chambliss inspire curiosity about the social world and empower students by providing the theoretical, conceptual, and empirical tools they need to understand, analyze, and even change the world in which they live. Each chapter integrates robust pedagogical features and empirical research that illuminate the social roots of diverse phenomena and institutions, ranging from poverty and deviance to capitalism and the nuclear family. Going beyond theory and concepts, the authors also help answer the question, “What can I do with a sociology degree?”