Faculty & Staff

Margaret K. Gnoinska

Margaret K. Gnoinska

Associate Professor

Troy University
Troy, Alabama 36082
Patterson Hall 230
Telephone: 1-334-808-6408


B.A. Middebury College, 1994
M.A. The George Washington University, 2002
Ph.D. The George Washington University, 2010

Areas of Expertise:

Modern Eastern Europe, Modern East Asia, International History of the Cold War


She is an associate professor of history at Troy University. She received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University in January 2010. Her dissertation is titled "Poland and the Cold War in East and Southeast Asia 1949-1965." She has an M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs (GWU) and a B.A. in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College. She is a Fulbright Scholar and Boren NSEP Fellow. She has published, as well as presented, her research in the United States and around the world.

She traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia, including Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, for both research and pleasure. She also spent much time traveling in Europe, especially former Eastern Europe, and in Russia. She speaks Polish, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish. She is currently working on revising her dissertation into two books: one on Poland's peacekeeping efforts during the Vietnam War and another on Sino-Polish relations during the Cold War with a specific focus on the role of the Sino-Soviet split and the U.S.-China opening.

Courses Taught at TROY:

HIS 1122 World History to 1500 

HIS 1123 World History from 1500 

HIS 3315 The Vietnam War 

HIS 3375 Research & Methodology
HIS 4438 The Cold War
HIS 4451 Modern East Asia
HIS 4433 Russia since 1861 

HIS 4404 Modern Eastern Europe
HIS 6634 European Historiography