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Cynthia Hyla Whittaker (born 1942) is an American academic and author. As a historian, she specializes in the history of Eastern Europe, especially the Russian Empire and of the Soviet Union. She built her career while teaching courses in the subject at Baruch College.
Cynthia Hyla Whittaker was born in 1942. She received an undergraduate degree from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York in 1962. She received advanced degrees in Russian history and literature from Indiana University at Bloomington.
Whittaker has taught courses in Eastern European history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Baruch College since 1984, and is currently Chair of the History Department there. Whittaker is a Fulbright Scholar and has received research grants from—among others—the Harriman and Kennan Institutes, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation.
From 1999–2000 she was a visiting fellow at the Slavic Research Center of Hokkaido University in Japan. From October 2003 to May 2004 she co-curated a museum exhibit entitled Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825 at the New York Public Library.
- Origins of Modern Russian Education: An Intellectual Biography of Count Sergei Uvarov. Northern Illinois University Press. 1984. ISBN 0875801005.
- Translated into Russian as Graf Sergej Semenovič Uvarov i ego vremja. Sankt-Peterburg: Gumanitarnoe Agentstvo "Akademičeskij Proėkt", 1999.,
- Reviewed in American Historical Review,; Canadian Slavonic Papers Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas,; Slavic Review; Russian Review, and History of Education Quarterly, 
- Russian Monarchy: Eighteenth-Century Rulers and Writers in Political Dialogue. Northern Illinois University Press. 2003. ISBN 9780875803081.
- Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825. Harvard University Press. 2003. ISBN 9780674012783.
- Visualizing Russia: Fedor Solntsev and Crafting a National Past (Russian History and Culture). Brill Academic Publishers, Inc. 2010. ISBN 9789004183438.
- "The Reforming Tsar: The Redefinition of Autocratic Duty in Eighteenth- Century Russia". Slavic Review. 51 (1): 77–98. Spring 1992. doi:10.2307/2500262. JSTOR 10.2307/2500262.
- "Government and Elite in 19th Century Russia". History of Education Quarterly. 20 (2): 233–40. Summer 1980. doi:10.2307/367917. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- "From Promise to Purge: The First Years of St. Petersburg University". Paedagogica Historica. 18 (1): 148–167. 1978. doi:10.1080/0030923780180107.
- "The Ideology of Sergei Uvarov: An Interpretive Essay". Russian Review. 37 (2): 158–176. April 1978. doi:10.2307/128466. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- "The Impact of the Oriental Renaissance in Russia: The Case of Sergej Uvarov". Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas. 26 (4): 503–524. 1978. JSTOR 41045828.
- "The Women's Movement during the Reign of Alexander II: A Case Study in Russian Liberalism". Journal of Modern History. 48 (2): 35. June 1976. doi:10.1086/241523. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- Graf Sergej Semenovič Uvarov i ego vremja
- American Historical Review, v90 n5 (Dec., 1985): 1240
- Canadian Slavonic Papers v28 n2 (June 1986): 207;
- Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, v38 n2 (1990): 306
- Slavic Review, v45 n2 (Summer, 1986): 324
- Russian Review, v45 n1 (Jan., 1986): 75
- History of Education Quarterly, v27 n1 (Spring, 1987): 105
- Slavic and East European journal. 48, no. 3, (2004): 525;
- Russian Review, v63 n4 (Oct., 2004): 698-699
- American historical review. 109, no. 4, (2004): 1339;
- Canadian-American Slavic studies. 39, no. 2, (2005): 285
- Slavic review, 63, no. 2, (2004): 402
- Groniek. no. 165, (2004): 628.
- 'Slavic and East European journal. 51, no. 4, (2007): 827
- Solanus- 18, (2004): 122;
- European History Quarterly, 35, no. 4, (2005): 614,
- Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, v52 n4 (2004): 617
- Baruch College faculty page