Dr. Meghann Pytka earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2013. She is a joint-lecturer in the Department of History and in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SIU and is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe. Her work focuses on topics of genocide and ethnic cleansing, imperialism and anti-colonial resistance, gender inequality, and nationalism. Pytka's first monographic project examines the overlapping discourses of racism and sexism that emerged in late-nineteenth century Polish nationalism as a response to Poland's subservient position in the imperial gambit. Her research, writing, and presenting have been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Crown Center for Jewish Studies. Pytka has also received the Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Teaching Excellence.