Krassimira Daskalova is a professor of modern European cultural history at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, in Bulgaria. Her most recent monograph is Women, Gender, and Modernization in Bulgaria, 1878–1944 (in Bulgarian), published by Sofia University Press in 2012.
Daskalova’s research project at Harvard deals with comparative gender history of 19th- and 20th-century Southeast Europe. Her main goal is to challenge the opinion that no historical feminism or women’s activism existed in the region during the 19th and early 20th centuries and to make visible the gender aspects of the modernization process in Southeast Europe, including during the Cold War.
From 2005 to 2010, Daskalova served as the president of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History. Since 2007, she has been the editor and book review editor of Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History, published by Berghahn Books in New York. Daskalova has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from a number of prestigious organizations, including the DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service), the Fulbright Program, the Japanese Association of University Women, the Körber Foundation and the Institute for Human Sciences, the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, and others. Her book A Biographical Dictionary of Women’s Movements and Feminisms: Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, 19th and 20th Centuries (Central European University Press, 2006), coedited with Francisca De Haan and Anna Loutfi, was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2006. Daskalova earned her PhD in history from Sofia University.