Irina Gigova

Associate Professor

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 216
Office Hours: MWF 8-9:00 & 1:30-3:00 and by appointment.
Phone: 843.953.7329

Irina Gigova received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Her research examines aspects of European intellectual and cultural history, through a case study of Bulgarian writers. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on the dissertation entitled Writers of the Nation: Intellectual Identity in Bulgaria , 1939-1953.

She teaches upper-level courses on nineteenth and twentieth century Eastern Europe and everyday communism.


University of Illinois, Ph.D. 2005

Research Interests

Areas: Eastern Europe, Modern Europe, Jewish History
Topics: History of intellectuals; Urban, Social and Cultural History; Nationalism; Historical Memory

Courses Taught

Empire, Nation and Class in Eastern Europe, 1800 to Present
Cities and Urban Culture
Comparative Nationalism
Special Topics: Everyday Communism
The Historian's Craft
Research Seminar: Europe in the Cold War

Honors and Awards

Faculty Senator at-Large for School of Humanities and Social Sciences to 2011


"Sofia Was Bombed?: Bulgaria's Forgotten War with the Allies," History & Memory 23, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2011): 132-171.

"The City and the Nation: Sofia’s Trajectory from Glory to Rubble in WWII," Journal of Urban History, 37, no.2, (March 2011): 155-175.

"The Feminisation of Bulgarian Literature and the Club of Bulgarian Women Writers," Aspasia: International Yearbook for Women's and Gender History of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, Vol. 2 (2008): 91-119.