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Stephen Batalden

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SUM/WTR Faculty Research
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4202
Biography

After completing the Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota, Batalden taught for one year at Grambling State University (Louisiana) before coming to Arizona State University where he is currently professor of history and director of the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. His most recent volume, Russian Bible Wars: Modern Scriptural Translation and Cultural Authority (Cambridge U. Press, 2013), won the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 2014 Reginald Zelnick Award for outstanding book in the field of history.

Research Interests

An historian of Russia and Eastern Europe, Batalden is a specialist on modern Russian religious and cultural history, with research interest in Russian ties with the Orthodox East. As director of the ASU Melikian Center, he directs international development projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The Melikian Center is also home to the Critical Languages Institute, one of the nation's leading summer academies for study of less commonly taught East European and Eurasian languages.

Publications
  • Stephen K. Batalden. "Russkie bibleiskie voiny: Sovremennyi perevod sviashchennogo pisaniia i vopros dukhovnogo avtoreteta". Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta: Filosofiia, Konfliktologiia, Kul'turologiia, Religiovedenie (2014).
  • Stephen K. Batalden. "Comment on the Paper of Brian Horowitz: S. M. Dubnov's Inner Contradictions and the Dangers of Writing Politicized History". Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia (2013).
  • Stephen Batalden. "Fairy von Lilienfeld's Reflections on Her University Education: The Jena Years, 1947-1953". Fairy von Lilienfeld, 1917-2009 (2011).
  • Stephen Batalden. "Fairy von Lilienfeld’s Reflections on her University Education: The Jena Years, 1947-1953". Fairy von Lilienfel, 1917-2009 (2011).
  • Stephen Batalden. "The Sacred Word in Abrahamic Religious Traditions". Sacred Word and Image: Five World Religions (2011).
  • Stephen Batalden. "O Eugenios Voulgaris kai to provlema tes omologiakes tautotetas ton Ellenon ten epokhe tou Diafotismou [Eugenios Voulgari and the Problem of the Greek Confessional Identity in the Era of the Enlightenment]," pp. 31-46. Eugenios Voulgaris: Prakticka Diethnous Epistemonikou Synedriou Kerkyra (2010).
  • Stephen Batalden. Rossiiskoe Bibleiskoe Obshchestva i Armianskaia Bibliia, 1812-1834 [in Russian]. Vestnik Erevanskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta [title is in Armenian] (2005).
  • Stephen Batalden. Musul'manskii i evreiskii voprosy v Rossii epokhi Aleksandra I glazami shotlandskogo bibleista i puteshestvennika [The Muslim and Jewish Question in the Reign of Alexander I as seen through the Eyes of the Scottish Missionary Ebenezer Henderson, in Russia. Voprosy istorii [Historical Questions, in Russian] (2004).
  • Batalden, Stephen K, Cann, Kathleen, Dean, John. SOWING THE WORD: THE CULTURAL IMPACT OF THE BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY, 1804-2004. (2004).
  • . . Review of: AT THE MARGINS OF ORTHODOXY: MISSION, GOVERNANCE, AND CONFESSIONAL POLITICS IN RUSSIA'S VOLGA-KAMA REGION, 1827-1905 (2004).
  • . . Review of: THE QUEST FOR RUSSIA'S SOUL: EVANGELICALS AND MORAL EDUCATION IN POST-COMMUNIST RUSSIA (2004).
  • Batalden, Stephen K (Author) . The BFBS Petersburg Agency and Russian Biblical Translation, 1856-1875. SOWING THE WORD (2004).
  • Batalden, Stephen K (Author) ,Cann, Kathleen (Author) ,Dean, John (Author) . Introduction: Two Hundred Years of the British and Foreign Bible Society. SOWING THE WORD (2004).
  • Stephen Batalden. Why they Hate U.S.: European Rift not based in power disparity. Arizona Republic (Sunday Viewpoints Section) (2003).
  • . . Review of: THE NATIONALITY QUESTION IN THE ESTONIAN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1918-1939 (2003).
  • Stephen Batalden. Sovremenite prevodi na Biblijata (vo Rusija i pravoslavniot Istok) [Modern translations of the Bible in Russia and the Orthodox East, in Macedonian]. Premen (2002).
Research Activity
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 598Special Topics
HST 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 103Western Civilization
HST 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 435The Russian Empire
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 498Pro-Seminar
Presentations
  • Stephen K. Batalden. "Empire and Nation in the Politics of the Russian Bible". "Chosen Peoples, Promised Lands" (Jul 2014).
  • Stephen Batalden. "Observations on Theofanis Stavrou's Forty Years in Slavic Studies". Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Nov 2013).
  • Mark von Hagen, Zenon Kohut, Stephen Batalden, Frank Sysyn, and Oksana Kis. "Empire, Fatherland, and Nation in Ukrainian History: A Conference Marking the Twentieth Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence". An international conference sponsored by the ASU Melikian Center, ASU, December 2-3, 2011 (Dec 2011).
  • Stephen Batalden. "Alternative Imperial Visions for Ukraine: Constructing Athens on the Borysthenes". At the international conference noted above, "Empire, Fatherland, and Nation in Ukrainian History" (Dec 2011).
  • Batalden, Stephen. Revolutionaries and Evangelicals in Concert: Alexander Herzen, Vasilii Kel'siev, and the British and Foreign Bible Society. Cambridge University Russian-Speaking Society (Feb 2004).
  • Batalden, Stephen. Anti-Semitism and External Treatments of the Jewish Question in Nineteenth-Century Russia. National Convention, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (Nov 2003).
Service
  • History Department Chair Search Committee, Faculty Member (2005 - Present)
  • Critical Languages Institute, Director (2005 - Present)
  • ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Director (2006 - 2016)
  • ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Director (2006 - 2015)
  • International Research and Exchanges Board, ASU Institutional Rep. (2006 - 2015)
  • Lorraine W. Frank Office of Nat'l Scholarship Advisement Faculty Com. for E. Euro./Eurasia, Member (2014 - 2014)
  • National Advisory Board, University of Illinois Slavic Summer Laboratory, Member (2014 - 2014)
  • SHPRS Personnel Committee, Member (2014 - 2014)
  • Nat'l Advisory Board, University of Illinois Summer Slavic Laboratory, Member (2012 - 2014)
  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Council of Member Institutions, Member, Executive Committee (2006 - 2014)
  • Lorraine W. Frank Office of Nat'l Scholarship Advisement Faculty Com. for E. Euro./Eurasia, Member (2012 - 2014)
  • ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Director (2013 - 2013)
  • SHPRS Personnel Committee, Member (2013 - 2013)
  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Council of Member Institutions, Member, Executive Committee (2009 - 2013)
  • ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Director (2006 - 2013)
  • International Research and Exchanges Board, ASU Institutional Representative (2006 - 2013)
  • History PAC, Member (2011 - 2013)
  • ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Director (2012 - 2012)
  • Lorraine W. Frank Office of Nat'l Scholarship Advisement Faculty Com. for E. Euro./Eurasia, Member (2012 - 2012)
  • Nat'l Advisory Board, University of Illinois Summer Slavic Laboratory, Member (2012 - 2012)
  • Ex. Com., Council of Member Institutions, Assoc. for Slavic, East Euro., & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Member (2009 - 2012)
  • ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Director (2006 - 2012)
  • International Research and Exchanges Board, Institutional Representative (2006 - 2012)
  • History Promotion Cases, External Reviewer (2012 - 2012)
  • ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Director (2011 - 2011)
  • Nat'l Advisory Board, University of Illinois Summer Slavic Laboratory, Member (2011 - 2011)
  • Office of Nat'l Scholarship Advisement Faculty Com. for E. Euro./Eurasia(Fulbright/Boren applicants), Member (2011 - 2011)
  • Office of Nat'l Scholarship Advisement Faculty Com. for E. Euro./Eurasia(Fulbright/Boren applicants), Member (2011 - 2011)
  • University of Illinois Title VIII Summer Research Laboratory, External Reviewer (2011 - 2011)
  • ASU National Scholarship and Fellowships Committee, Faculty Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Russian and East European Studies Center, Director (2005 - 2005)
  • International Research and Exchanges Board, Institutional Representative (1987 - 2005)
  • ASU National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee, ASU Faculty Member (1996 - 2004)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Institutional Representative (1990 - 2004)
  • ASU Department of Languages and Literatures Russian Ass't Prof. Search Committee, External Faculty Member of the Search Committee (2002 - 2003)
  • History Department Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair (2002 - 2002)
  • Academic Administration Advisory Committee (AAAC), Faculty Representative (1999 - 2002)
  • CLAS Dean's Citizen-Scholar Awards Committee, Faculty Member (1999 - 2002)
  • Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of State, National Selection Panel (2002 - 2002)