Virginia Mitchell



Contact Information

Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall 216

Phone: 860.832.0123


Dr. Mitchell earned her bachelor’s degree in both French and History in 1989 at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. She then received her Ph.D. in European History from the University of Rochester in 2002.

Her areas of interest include the study of nationalism, Germany, France, East Central Europe, the history of literature, intellectual and cultural history. She speaks German, French, and enough Polish to navigate the archives and the coffee shops.  She has traveled extensively in Europe and spent three years living overseas. Although trained in European history, Dr. Mitchell also enjoys the occasional foray into American and World history.

Prior to joining the history department at Central in 2002, Dr. Mitchell taught at the University of Rochester, the Eastman School of Music, St. John Fisher College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She has also worked as a language instructor and freelance translator.

When not engaged with history, Dr. Mitchell enjoys both flute and vocal music, hiking, camping, and paddling. She is currently working towards becoming a certified canoe and kayak instructor. Her start in history began at age nine, in a Revolutionary War reenactment group, where she learned to play the fife and fire a canon.