Dr. Kate Transchel is a professor of Russian and Eastern European history at California State University in Chico, California. Dr. Transchel's current research focuses on human trafficking from Russia and Eastern Europe, and she is currently working on a monograph entitled "Hidden in Plain Sight: An Oral History of Slavery from Russia and Eastern Europe." She is also investigating “sex, drugs, and rock & roll” as forces creating an alternative culture in Leonid Brezhnev's Russia.
Dr. Transchel is the author of "Under the Influence: Working-class Drinking, Temperance, and Cultural Revolution in Russia, 1895-1932" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006). She also has written "The Breakup of Yugoslavia: Conflict in the Balkans" (Chelsea House, 2006). Her articles have appeared in The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, The Spirit, Saratovskie vesti, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research Newsletter. In addition to book chapters in three scholarly anthologies and ten encyclopedia entries, Transchel has published book reviews in the Russian Review, Canadian American Slavic Studies, Slavic Review, Labor History, American Slavic Studies, and Europe-Asia Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1996.