Marina Tolmacheva

Affiliate Professor
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Research Interests: Islamic geography, pre-modern travel, and women’s history

Marina Tolmacheva is an Affiliate Professor at the Middle East Center in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washingtong, Seattle. She is an historian of Arab Civilization with special interests in Islamic geography, pre-modern travel, and women’s history. Her published research includes works on the Indian Ocean, trans-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. Currently Professor of History at Washington State University, Tolmacheva is also President Emerita of the American University of Kuwait and past Director of the WSU Asia Program. Twice a Fulbright Fellow (1994 to Kyrgyzstan, 2012 to Ukraine), she was also a Fellow of the Open Society Institute International Higher Education Support Program (2005-2006). Tolmacheva is a past Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in the Humanities and a recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Historical Association.



  • Institute of Ethnography, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Ph.D., 1970
  • Leningrad University, B.A., 1966