Joy Demoskoff, PhD (Cand.)

Assistant Professor of History


Faculty of Arts and Science


  • Ph.D. (Cand.), History, University of Alberta
  • M.A., History, Queen's University, 2002
  • B.A.(Hon.), History, Crandall University, 2001
  • Youth Leadership Certificate, Crandall University, 2001

Areas of Specialization

Russian History, Modern Europe, History of Christianity


Joy grew up in Miramichi, New Brunswick and completed an undergraduate degree at Crandall University, a small Christian liberal arts university in Moncton, New Brunswick. She shares a passion for Russia with her husband, Jeremy, and outside the classroom she enjoys reading, skating, and playing with her son Sam.

Research Interests

Joy is currently working on a dissertation titled "Penance and Punishment: Monastic Incarceration in Imperial Russia." During the reign of the Russian tsar, Nicholas I (1825-55), certain monasteries of the Russian Orthodox Church were used as correctional facilities in which penitent sinners and incarcerated criminals lived and worked side by side. Joy's dissertation is an examination of this phenomenon, exploring the relationship between sin and crime and how the monastery functioned as the mediator between these two spheres. It connects with several broader issues in modern European religious history, including questions of church-state relations, quotidian Orthodoxy, "popular" versus institutional religion, and the relationship between religion and social control. 

Notable Publications

"A File on Public Penance in Kaluga Diocese (1825)" and "A Report on the Condition of Inmates in the Monastic Prison at Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery in Suzdal' (1840)," inFaith and Story: Orthodox Narratives in Imperial Russia. Ed. Heather Coleman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012 (forthcoming).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
  • Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC)
  • Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)
  • Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)
  • Conference on Faith and History (CFH)


  • Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award, University of Alberta, 2010
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Award, University of Alberta, 2010
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Alberta, 2009
  • Dianne Samson Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Alberta, 2009
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Award, University of Alberta, 2008
  • Queen's Graduate Award, Queen's University, 2001
  • Agnes Simmons Memorial Scholarship, Crandall University, 1997-2001
  • Dr. Stuart E. Murray Memorial Scholarship, Crandall University, 1998