Melissa Bokovoy is professor and was chair of the history department(2013-2019) at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is currently president of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies and recently completed a three-year term as an elected councilor of the Research Division of the American Historical Association. She is a College of Arts and Science Regents’ Lecturer and UNM Outstanding Teacher of Year, 2010-2011.
Bokovoy obtained her BA from Pomona College and MA and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has been at the University of New Mexico since 1991. She is the author of Peasants and Communists: Politics and Ideology in the Yugoslav Countryside, 1941–1953 (Pittsburgh, 1998), which won the Barbara Jelavich Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for best book in East European Studies. She is co-editor of State-Society Relations in Yugoslavia, 1945–1992 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1997) and co-author of Sharing the Stage: Biography and Gender in Western Civilization, 2 vols. (Houghton-Mifflin, 2003) and Sharing the World Stage: Biography and Gender in World History, 2 vols. (Cengage, 2009). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on 20th-century Yugoslavia. She is completing a manuscript on the politics of WWI commemorations in interwar Yugoslavia.