Trish Starks

Trish Starks


Russia and Soviet, Public Health, Gender

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-7592

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Tricia Starks investigates the intersection of culture and public health in the Russian and Soviet context. Her first book detailed the intertwining of hygienic and revolutionary concepts in daily life in the Soviet 1920s. Her second revealed the deeply entrenched social and cultural meanings of smoking in late imperial Russia. She currently researches tobacco use alongside other issues of health in the Soviet Union and Russia in the late twentieth century.

  • Russian and Soviet
  • Culture and Gender
  • Public Health and History of Medicine
  • History of Addiction Therapy and Control
  • Sensory Studies


  • The viscera and visceral 
  • World Civilizations II
  • Russia to 1861
  • Russia since 1861
  • Bad Medicine
  • Health and Disease

Ph.D., History, Ohio State University

M.A., History, Ohio State University

B.A., Russian Area Studies


  • Smoking under the Tsars: A History of Tobacco in Imperial Russia. Cornell University Press, 2018.
  • The Body Soviet: Hygiene, Propaganda, and the Revolutionary State. University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.

Edited volumes

  • Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present, eds. Matthew Romaniello and Tricia Starks. Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
  • Tobacco in Russian History and Culture from the Seventeenth Century to the Present, eds. Matthew Romaniello and Tricia Starks. Routledge University Press, 2009.
  • Associate Chair, 2012-15
  • Director of Graduate Studies, 2012-15
  • The Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies - Short-term Research Grant
  • Master Teacher, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas
  • Master Researcher, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas
  • NEH/NCEEER Collaborative Research Fellowship
  • NIH/NLM Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health
  • University of Arkansas Student Alumni Board Teacher of the Year