Phone: 724-503-1001 x3191
Office: Old Main 405
Email: osolovieva@washjeff.edu


Olga Solovieva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Religious Studies; Interfaith Leadership Studies Coordinator; Social Justice Studies Co-Coordinator

Degrees: Ph.D. in Religion, Syracuse University; M.A. in Religion Syracuse University; B.A. in History Omsk State University, Russia

Olga Solovieva is an Associate Professor and Director of Religious Studies program. Her academic training is in cultural history of early Christianity and religions of Late Antiquity, and her primary research interests are in Christian ascetical traditions, Christian spiritual and material practices, and women and religion. Dr. Solovieva teaches a wide range of courses including comparative courses on religion and sexuality, religion and social justice, and religious perspectives on death and immortality as well as courses on particular religious traditions such as Buddhism, Islam, and Greek and Graeco-Roman religions. She also serves as the Coordinator for an interdisciplinary program in Interfaith Leadership Studies, and a Co-Coordinator for Social Justice Studies. Prior to joining W&J, Dr. Solovieva taught at Ithaca College, Skidmore College, and Union College.


  • Charles Arndt and Olga Solovieva, “Mapping Out Holy Rus: Formation of Sacred Geographies in Russian Pilgrim,” Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies 2:1 (2019), 15-42
  • Olga Solovieva, “Spiritual Exegesis as an Ascetic Performance in Gregory of Nyssa,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 23:4 (2015), 529-558
  • Olga Solovieva, “‘Veiled with a Special Veil’: Ascetic Reconfigurations of Identity in ‘Attar’s Memorial of Rābiʽa of Basra,” Medieval Feminist Forum 49:2 (2014), 4-28
  • Olga Solovieva, “Reimagining Asceticism in Our Times: The Case of New Skete,” The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 2:1 (2012), 25-34
  • Olga Solovieva, “Women in Orthodox Churches” in The Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, ed. Mary Zeiss Stange at al. (The Sage Reference Publications, 2011)

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