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Michaela Appeltova
Assistant Professor of History

Office: Tribble B-9


I am a historian of modern East Central Europe, especially interested in questions of gender, sexuality, the body, and everyday life. I received my PhD from the University of Chicago; before coming to Wake Forest, I served as a postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago and Academic Advisor at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. I teach courses in modern European history, East Central Europe, nationalism and imperialism, gender and sexuality, and have an interest in disability history. I am currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled Embodied Socialism: Gendered Bodies and Medical Expertise in Czechoslovakia 1965-1989, which examines changing ideologies of gender and the body in late socialism, against the backdrop of post-Stalinist transformations, the rise of consumerism, socialist sexual (r)evolution, and the proliferation of socialist lifestyles. Drawing on recent historiography on the global 1960s and 1970s, I integrate socialist Czechoslovakia into broader narratives of postwar Europe.