Evgenija Garbolevsky received her BA in History from Framingham State University, and her MA in Women's Studies and Comparative History, as well as her PhD, from Brandeis University (Massachusetts, USA). She was awarded an IREX Fellowship to live and research in Bulgaria in 2006-2007. She has published and presented several articles at conferences including "The Conferences of Popular Culture" in San Francisco (2008) and "Turkey at the Crossroads: Women, Women's Studies, and the State" in Istanbul and Bodrum, Turkey (2005). Dr Garbolevsky authored the book A Church Ossified? Repression and Resurgence of Bulgarian Orthodoxy, 1944-1956. Since 2005, she has taught European and World History at Framingham State University.
"Evgenija Garbolevsky makes an important contribution to the ongoing academic project of rethinking the communist period. In particular, she engages the important and complex issue of the state of the arts, in particular fi lm, under communism. [...] For historians of Bulgaria and communist eastern Europe, The Conformists helps contribute to a more layered understanding of the postwar period and state-society dynamics under communism. Garbolevsky details how the Bulgarian Communist Party built a well-funded and vibrant fi lm industry that took on a creative life of its own." - Mary Neuburger, 'Slavic Review', 72: 1 (2013), 155-156.