Zhdanko Tatyana Aleksandrovna
1 August 1909, Elisavetgrad — 16 April 2007, Moscow
Biography, education, career:
On 20 May 1947 Tatyana Zhdanko defended her Candidate’s Dissertation at the Institute of Ethnography; it was titled Tribal Structurу and Settlement of Karakalpaks in the Lower Amu Darya (19th – early 20th centuries). In 1964 she defended her Doctoral Dissertation, titled Karakalpaks: The Main Problems of Ethnic History and Ethnography. In 1931‑1935 she occupied the positions of senior researcher and Head of a Department at The Central State Museum of Uzbek SSR in Samarkand. In 1936‑1941 she was a researcher and Head of the Department of Uzbekistan at the Museum of the Peoples of the USSR in Moscow. In 1944‑1947 she did a post-graduate course at the Institute of Ethnography of the USSR AS. She successively occupied the positions of Scientific Secretary (1948‑1953), senior researcher (from 1950), Head of a Department (1953‑1987), leading researcher (1987‑1989), and Scientific Advisor of the Department of Ethnography of the Peoples of Central Asia and Kazakhstan (from 1989) at the Institute of Ethnography of the USSR AS / Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, RAS.
Areas of expertise: History and ethnography of the peoples of Central Asia