Veneta T. Ivanova, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2017-18 she held a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She specializes in the history of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, with broader research interests in comparative socialism, the history of science and religion, global utopias, and theories and philosophies of modernity. Her current research centers on the interplay between socialism, occultism, religion, science and utopia in twentieth-century Europe. She will be teaching courses on East Central Europe, Modern Europe, and the Balkans.