C.V.

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Employment:

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, University of Michigan (2010-present).
  • Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan (2000-2010).
  • Assistant Professor of History, University of Michigan (1994-2000).

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: Ph.D., 1994.
  • University of Warsaw, Poland: Fulbright Fellow, 1986-1988.
  • University of Tulsa, Oklahoma: B.A., 1986.

Books

  • Poland in the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
    • Forthcoming translations into Chinese, Korean, and Polish.
  • Faith and Fatherland: Catholicism, Modernity, and Poland (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • When Nationalism Began to Hate: Imagining Modern Politics in Nineteenth-Century Poland (Oxford University Press, 2000).
    • Gdy nacjonalizm zaczął nienawidzić: Wyobrażenia nowoczesnej polityki w dziewiętnastowiecznej Polsce, translated by Agnieszka Nowakowska (Pogranicze, 2011).
  • Co-Editor (with Bruce Berglund), Christianity and Modernity in Eastern Europe (Central European University Press, 2010).
  • Co-Editor (with Michael Kennedy), Negotiating Radical Change: Understanding and Extending the Lessons of the Polish Round Table Talks (United States Institute for Peace, 2000).

Major Articles and Essays

  • “Exclusionary Egalitarianism and the New Cold War,” Slavic Review (forthcoming).
  • “Conceptualizing Consumption in the Polish People’s Republic,” in The Pleasures of Backwardness: Consumer Desire and Modernity in Eastern Europe, edited by Zsuzsa Gille, Diana Mincyte, and Cristofer Scarboro (forthcoming).
  • “Nationalism and Antisemitism,” in Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism, edited by Sol Goldberg, Jonathan Judaken, Adam Teller, Scott Ury, and Kalman Weiser (forthcoming).
  • “The Triumph of National Communism,” in Poland’s Memory Wars, edited by Jo Harper (forthcoming).
  • “The Birth of the Polak-Katolik,” Sprawy Narodowościowe (forthcoming).
  • “A lengyel szélsőjobboldal és a római katolikus egyház,” Múltunk 2 (2014): 6-48.
  • “Why Do Polish Catholics Hate the Jews? Making Sense of a Bad Question,” in François Guesnet and Gwen Jones, eds., Antisemitism in an Era of Transition: Genealogies and Impact in Post-Communist Poland and Hungary (New York: Peter Lang, 2014).
  • “Beyond the Study of Nationalism,” in Nationalism Today, edited by Krzysztof Jaskułowski and Tomasz Kamusella (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009), 3-15.
  • “Podzwonne dla badań nad nacjonalizmem,” in Naród, tożsamość, kultura. Między konieczności a wyborem, ed. by Wojciech Burszta, Krzysztof Jaskułowski, and Joanna Nowak (Warszawa: Slawistyczny Ośrodek Wydawniczy, 2005), 79-89.
  • Hetmanka and Mother: Representing the Virgin Mary in Modern Poland,” Contemporary European History 14:2 (May 2005): 151-70.
  • “Anti-Semitism and the Search for a Catholic Modernity,” in Robert Blobaum, ed., Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005), 103-123.
  • “The Catholic Church in Poland,” a multimedia teaching module in Making the History of 1989, edited by T. Mills Kelley, http://chnm.gmu.edu/1989/exhibits/roman-catholic-church/introduction.
  • “Catholicism, Ethno-Catholics, and the Catholic Church in Modern Poland,” NCEEER Working Paper (2004), http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/nceeer/2004_818-12_Porter.pdf.
  • “Making a Space for Anti-Semitism: The Catholic Hierarchy and the Jews in the early 1900s,” Polin 16 (2003), 415-29.
  • “Thy Kingdom Come: Patriotism and Prophecy in 19th Century Poland,” Catholic Historical Review 89:2 (2003): 213-38.
  • “Marking the Boundaries of the Faith: Catholic Modernism and the Radical Right in Early Twentieth-Century Poland,” in Elwira M. Grossman, ed., Studies in Language, Literature and Cultural Mythology in Poland: Investigating “the Other” (Lewiston-Lampeter, Wales: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002), 261-86.
  • “The Catholic Nation: Religion, Identity, and the Narratives of Polish History,” The Slavic and East European Journal 45:2 (March, 2001): 289-99.
  • “Democracy and Discipline in Late Nineteenth-Century Poland,” Journal of Modern History 71:2 (June 1999): 346-93.
  • “The Construction and Deconstruction of Nineteenth-Century Polish Liberalism,” in Historical Reflections on Central Europe, ed. by S. Kirschbaum (New York: St. Martins, 1999), 37-64.
  • “The Social Nation and its Futures: English Liberalism and Polish Nationalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Warsaw,” American Historical Review 101:5 (December 1996): 1470-92.
  • “Konstrukcja i dekonstrukcja dziewiętnastowiecznego liberalizmu polskiego,” Studia Polityczne 6 (1996): 81-102.
  • “Who is a Pole and Where is Poland? Territory and Nation in the Rhetoric of Polish National Democracy before 1905,” Slavic Review 51 (Winter, 1992): 639-53.

 Reviews and Miscellaneous Publications

  • “One Way Trump is Different From European Nationalists,” The Conversation (January 18, 2017).
  • Europe has Lost its Polish Anchor,” The Conversation (February 1, 2016).
  • Review of Hierarchy and Pluralism: Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland, by Agnieszka Pasieka, H-Poland (January, 2016).
  • “Why We Should Pay Attention to Poland’s Elections,” The Conversation (October 23, 2015).
  • “With History of Emigration, Poland Now Confronts Immigration Crisis,” The Conversation (September 24, 2015).
  • “Why Pope Francis Makes Republicans Squirm,” Newsweek (September 19, 2015).
  • “Najsłabsza wśród mocnych i najpotężniejsza wśród słabych,” Czas Kultury 4 (2014): 18-27..
  • “Faith and Fatherland in Poland,” East West Church & Ministry Report 22:4 (Fall 2014): 10-13.
  • Review of Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949-1956, by Katherine Lebow, Canadian Slavonic Papers 55, 3-4 (September-December, 2013): 567-568.
  • Review of Patrons of History: Nobility, Capital and Political Transitions in Poland, by Longina Jakubowska, Slavic Review 72:2 (Summer 2013).
  • “Radio Maryja i Tygodnik Powszechny to dwie twarze soborowej nowoczesności,” Kultura Liberalna (September 10, 2012).
  • “Poland’s New Patriotism,” Eyes on Europe (June 14, 2012), http://eurocomment.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/polands-new-patriotism.
  • Review of The Land Between: Conflict in the East European Borderlands, 1870-1992, by Alexander V. Prusin. Slavic Review 70, 4 (Winter 2011): 907-908.
  • Review of Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism, by Derek Hastings, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 25:3 (2011): 314-316.
  • “The Shadow of the Cross,” Transitions Online (15 October 2010), http://www.tol.org/client/article/21877-the-shadow-of-the-cross.html.
  • Review of Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, by Neal Pease, The Catholic Historical Review 97:1 (1 January 2011) 171-172.
  • Editor and Translator of Krzysztof Czyżewski, “Line of Return: Cultivating ‘The Borderland’ in Dialogue with Czesław Miłosz,” Michigan Quarterly 46, 4 (Fall 2007).
  • Review of The Jews of Eastern Europe, 1772-1881, by Israel Bartal, Jewish Currents (November 2007): 30-32.
  • Review of Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland: A Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era, by Magda Teter, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75, 2 (2007): 477-479.
  • “Adam Czartoryski,” “Nationalism,” “The Polish National Movement,” “Warsaw,” and “The Endecja,” in The Encyclopedia of Europe, 1789-1914, edited by John Merriman and Jay Winter (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006).
  • “The Return of the Polish Radical Right” Jewish Currents 60:5 (September-October 2006): 14-17, 41.
  • “August Hlond,” “Wojciech Korfanty,” “Tadeusz Rydzyk,” “Józef Tischner,” “Jerzy Turowicz,” and “Stefan Wyszyński,” in The Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics, edited by Roy Domenico and Mark Hanley (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2006), 271-272, 309-310, 479, 561-562, 572-573.
  • Review of From Assimilation to Antisemitism: The ‘Jewish Question’ in Poland, 1850-1914, by Theodore R. Weeks, American Historical Review (December 2006): 1626-1627.
  • Review of Religion and the Rise of Nationalism: A Profile of an East-Central European City, by Robert E. Alvis, Slavic Review 65, 4 (Winter 2006): 805.
  • Review of The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999, by Timothy Snyder, Slavic Review 64 (Spring 2005): 166.
  • Review of The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919–1945, by Richard Steigmann-Gall, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 19 (Spring 2005): 125-27.
  • “Polish Uprising of 1863” and “Sarmatians,” in The Encyclopedia of Russian History, edited by James Millar (New York: Macmillan, 2004), 1198-1199, 1350.
  • “The Warsaw Uprisings,” Detroit News (August 4, 2004).
  • Review of History Derailed: Central and Eastern Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century, by Ivan T. Berend, American Historical Review 109 (June 2004): 996.
  • Review of A Concise History of Poland by J. Lukowski and H. Zawadzki, Slavic Review 62, 1 (Spring 2003): 157-58.
  • “Explaining Jedwabne: The Perils of Understanding,” The Polish Review 47: 1 (2002): 23-26.
  • “Pojednanie – niełatwe rzemiosło,” Gazeta Wyborcza 252 (27-28 October 2001).
  • Review of Containing Nationalism by Michael Hechter, Journal of Interdisciplinary History 32 (Autumn, 2001): 285-87.
  • Review of A History of Polish Christianity by Jerzy Kłoczowski, Slavic Review 60 (2001): 837-38.
  • “Solidarność i jej przemilczenia,” Nowy Dziennik (13 October 2000).
  • Review of Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe by Timothy Snyder, Austrian History Yearbook 31 (2000): 195-96.
  • “Making History,” The Journal of the International Institute (Summer, 1999): 1.
  • “Ucieczka z więzienia historii,” Gazeta Wyborcza 29 (4 February 1999): 19.
  • Review of The Construction of Nationhood: Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism, by Adrian Hastings, International Affairs 75 (July 1999): 667.
  • “Vocabularies of Identity in Eastern Europe,” Ethnos-Nation 6 (1998): 159-60.
  • Review of The Gypsies by David Crowe, Slavonica 3/1 (1996/97): 55-56.
  • “The Politics of Discursive Analysis,” Dialogues on Discourse 3 (Fall, 1994): 4-5.
  • Review of Reluctant Socialists, Rural Entrepreneurs: Class, Culture, and the Polish State, by Carole Nagengast, Slavic Review (Winter 1994): 866-67.
  • “The Language of Nationalism,” Dialogues on Discourse 1 (Fall, 1993): 1-2.
  • Review of Continuity and Change in Poland: Conservatism in Polish Political Thought, by Rett Ludwikowski, Slavic Review 52 (Summer, 1993): 380-81.
  • Review of Kościuszko po insurekcji, by Jan Lubicz-Pachoński, American Studies 9 (1991): 157-61.
  • “An Evaluation of Tadeusz Kościuszko’s Contribution to the American Revolution,” American Studies 10 (1991): 93-101.

Awards, Honors, Grants and Fellowships

  • ACLS Fellowship (2016-2017).
  • Fulbright Fellowship (2016-2017, declined).
  • Kulczycki Prize for best book in Polish studies, for Faith and Fatherland (2012).
  • Michigan Humanities Award (2012-2013).
  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, University of Michigan (2012).
  • John Dewey Award for Outstanding Teaching, College of LS&A, University of Michigan (2011).
  • Fellow of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan (2009-2010).
  • Induction as an Honorary Member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tulsa University (May 2008).
  • Project Completion Leave, History Department, University of Michigan (Winter 2007).
  • Excellence in Education Award, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan (2006).
  • $36,000 Research Grant, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (2003).
  • $25,000 Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Council for Learned Societies (2003).
  • Faculty Recognition Grant, University of Michigan (2003).
  • Oskar Halecki Award of the Polish Institute for Arts and Sciences in America, for best new book on Polish history, for When Nationalism Began to Hate (2001).
  • Faculty Career Development Award, University of Michigan (2001).
  • Amicus Polonae award, presented by Ambassador Przemysław Grudziński of Poland (2000).
  • Polish Studies Association Award for best new book, for When Nationalism Began to Hate (2000).
  • Metchie J. E. Budka Award for outstanding scholarship on Poland, Kościuszko Foundation (1999).
  • $50,300 from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research for a project entitled “Negotiating Revolution In Poland: Conversion and Opportunity in 1989,” in collaboration with Professor Michael Kennedy, Department of Sociology (1999-2000).
  • $30,000 from the United States Institute of Peace for a project entitled “Negotiating Radical Change: Understanding and Extending the Lessons of the Polish Round Table Talks,” in collaboration with Professor Michael Kennedy, Department of Sociology (1999-2000).
  • $340,000 from a variety of private and University sources for a conference entitled “Communism’s Negotiated Collapse: The Polish Round Table, Ten Years Later,” in collaboration with Professor Michael Kennedy, Department of Sociology (1999).
  • Funding from UROP, CAUP, and OVPR to support an exhibit entitled “Making a Space for History,” in collaboration with Professor Craig Borum, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (1999).
  • William T. Ludolph, Jr. Junior Faculty Development Award (1999).
  • University of Michigan International Institute Travel Grant (1999).
  • Funding from CREES, CES, II, OVPR, Rackham, and the History Department for a conference entitled “Vocabularies of Identity in Russia and Eastern Europe” (1998).
  • ACLS/SSRC Joint Committee on Eastern Europe Postdoctoral Fellowship in East European Studies (1996-1997).

Professional Presentations

  • “The Communist Origins of Austerity Economics,” Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt-Oder (July 13, 2017).
  • “The Communist Origins of Austerity Economics,” University of Vienna (June 7, 2017).
  • “Polityka grzechu w polskim Kościele,” Instytut Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk (May 26, 2017).
  • “Everyday Authoritarianism in Poland,” UM Teach-Out on Authoritarianism (March 31, 2017).
  • “Contextualizing Poland: The National, the Regional, and the Global in Polish Studies,” University of Łódź (December 15, 2016).
  • “PiS and the Return of National Communism,” Cambridge University (December 8, 2016).
  • “Contextualizing Poland: The National, the Regional, and the Global in Polish Studies,” Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt-Oder (November 24, 2016).
  • “Nationalism and Antisemitism,” at a conference on “Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism,” The University of Toronto (October 28, 2016).
  • “Globalizing Polish History,” keynote address at the conference “Slawisch-Deutsche Begegnungen in der Literatur, Sprache und Kultur,” Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, Kraków, Poland (October 23, 2016).
  •  “Supply-Side Socialism: Communist Poland and the Foundations of Neoliberalism,” workshop on “Iron Curtain Crossings: Eastern Europe and the Global Cold War,” Ohio State University (March 4-5, 2016).
  • Roundtable on “Europe’s Right Turn? The Political Shift in Hungary, Poland, and France,” UM International Institute (February 1, 2016).
  • Roundtable on Hierarchy and Pluralism: Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland, by Agnieszka Pasieka, National Convention for the Association on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (November 19, 2015).
  • “Poland Goes Global,” National Convention for the Association on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (November 21, 2015).
  • “Chances and Pitfalls of Transatlantic and Interdisciplinary Polish Studies,” National Convention for the Association on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (November 21, 2015).
  • “Supply-Side Socialism,” Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan (September 30, 2015).
  • “The Birth of the Polak-Katolik,” Instytut Kultury Polskiej, University of Warsaw, Poland (June 13, 2015).
  • “Conceptualizing Consumption in the Polish People’s Republic,” University of California – Berkeley (April 24, 2015).
  • “Martyrology and Nationalism in Modern Poland,” University of Michigan (March 26, 2015).
  • “The Limits of ‘Identity’ as a Conceptual Framework in Polish-Jewish History,” keynote address for the conference “Pragmatic Alliances – Persistent Fidelity. Conceptions of Loyalty in the Polish-Jewish Context in the 20th Century,” Leipzig University (November 6, 2014).
  •  “Antisemitism and Catholicism in Post-WWII Poland,” Clark University (April 2, 2014).
  • “The Memory Wars: Competing Claims of Martyrdom During WWII in Eastern Europe,” Ann Arbor District Library (January 9, 2014).
  • “Piłsudski and the Polish Revolution,” UM Copernicus Program and Polish Students’ Club (November 5, 2013).
  • “Fighting for God and Fatherland (or not): Catholicism and Modern Politics in Partitioned Poland,” New York University (October 19, 2013).
  • “A Tale of Two Popes: The Church of John Paul II and the Church of Francis,” UM Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center (October 4, 2013).
  • “Catholicism and Antisemitism in Modern Poland,” keynote address for the conference “Antisemitism in East-Central Europe, 1880-1939,” German Historical Institute, Warsaw (May 16, 2013).
  • “Globalizing Poland’s Communist Modernity,” Midwest East European Historians’ Workshop, University of Illinois-Chicago (April 10, 2013).
  • “A Perfectly Normal Place: Globalizing Modernity in Eastern Europe,” keynote address for the convention of the Midwest Slavic Studies Association, Ohio State University (April 5, 2013).
  • “Religion in the History of East-Central European Political Thought,” Center for Advanced Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria (March 14, 2013).
  • “Clickers in the Humanities Classroom,” Eastern Michigan University (February 20, 2013).
  • “Faith and Fear in Early 20th Century Polish Catholicism,” Backus Memorial Lecture, University of Kansas (November 12, 2012).
  • “The Politics of Sin in 19th and 20th Polish Catholicism,” University of Virginia (October 26, 2012).
  • “Nationalism and Universalism in 19th Century Polish Catholicism,” German Historical Institute, Warsaw (October 11, 2012).
  • “A Perfectly Normal Place: Globalizing Polish History,” German Historical Institute, Warsaw (June 13, 2012).
  • “Austerity and Stimulus in Historical Perspective,” Michigan School of Public Policy (March 15, 2012).
  • “Beyond the Polak-Katolik,” National Convention for the Association on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (November 19, 2011).
  • “Beyond Martyrdom: Polish-Jewish Relations During WWII,” UM Frankel Center (October 25, 2011).
  • “The Polish Radical Right and the Roman Catholic Church,” Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (October 5, 2011).
  • “Polish Catholicism and Antisemitism,” Conference on Antisemitism in Hungary and Poland at University College, London (May 26, 2010).
  • “The Ecclesia Militans and the Catholic Nation in Modern Poland,” Columbia University (April 16, 2010).
  • “The Ecclesia Militans and the Catholic Nation in Modern Poland,” University of Wisconsin – Madison (March 4, 2010).
  • “Anticommunist Dissent and the Catholic Church,” University of Wisconsin – Madison (March 4, 2010).
  • “Catholicism and the Ideology of Homogeneity in Polish History,” UM – Flint (January 15, 2009).
  • “The Ecclesia Militans and the Polak-Katolik,” National Convention for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston (November 14, 2009).
  • “The Antisemite and the Antichrist: Love, Fear, and Catholicism in Modern Poland,” University of Illinois-Chicago (October 20, 2009).
  • “The New Lines of Tolerance in Europe,” a round-table symposium sponsored by the UM’s CREES, CES, and EUC (December 6, 2008).
  • “New Digital Projects for East European History,” National Convention for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, New Orleans (November 17, 2007).
  • “The Commemorated Talk Back: Excess Meaning and Historical Politics in Eastern Europe”, UM Institute for Historical Studies / CREES Symposium on “Anniversaries, Commemorations, and Historical Memory” (November 1, 2006).
  • “Apocalyptic Antisemitism: Faith, Fear, and Polish Catholicism in the early 20th century,” Columbia University (October 30, 2006).
  • “Apocalyptic Antisemitism: Faith, Fear, and Polish Catholicism in the early 20th century,” UM Religious Studies Workshop (December 6, 2006).
  • “Giving Unto Caesar: Catholic Political Theology in Modern Poland,” Conference on Religion and the Challenges of Modernity, Warsaw, Poland (June 24, 2006).
  • “Love, Hate, and Polish Catholicism at the Start of the 20th Century,” Yale University (April 19, 2006).
  • “One Day after the Polish Presidential Election: An Analysis of the New Political Landscape,” UM Center for Russian and East European Studies (October 10, 2005).
  • “Polish Catholicism after the Fall of Communism,” Christianity in Eastern Europe Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (June 9, 2005).
  • “For God and Fatherland: Studying Catholicism in Modern Poland,” Christianity in Eastern Europe Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (June 7, 2005).
  • “The Legacy of John Paul II,” UM Center for Russian and East European Studies (April 6, 2005).
  • “Poland after the US Elections,” UM Center for European Studies (December 15, 2004).
  • “Is the Pope Catholic? Drawing the Boundaries of Roman Catholicism in Modern Polish History,” Louisiana State University (November 12, 2004).
  • “Love, Hate, and Polish Catholicism in the early 20th Century,” Hebrew University, Jerusalem (May 17, 2004).
  • “Who is a Catholic and What is Catholicism: Defining the Church in Modern Poland,” CREES Brownbag Lecture, UM (April 7, 2004).
  • Hetmanka and Mother: Representing the Virgin Mary in Modern Poland,” National Convention for the American Historical Association, Washington, DC (January 9, 2004).
  • “Love and Hate in Interwar Polish Catholicism,” National Convention for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Toronto (November 21, 2003).
  • “The People of God: Poland, Catholicism, and History,” The University of Wisconsin (March 31, 2003).
  • “The Many Meanings of the Modern Mary: The Virgin in Polish Catholicism.” UM CREES Faculty Colloquium (March 11, 2003).
  • “Beyond Jedwabne: Setting a New Research Agenda,” National Convention for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (November 23, 2002).
  • “For God and Fatherland: Poland, Catholicism, and Modernity,” Stanford University (November 7, 2002).
  • “Is the Pope Catholic? Defining Roman Catholicism,” University of West Virginia (September 25, 2002).
  • “Antisemitism and the Search for a Catholic Modernity,” University of West Virginia (June 22, 2002).
  • “The Silences of Polish History,” CREES, UM (April 20, 2002).
  • “What’s Wrong with the History Channel,” Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Lecture, UM (February 20, 2002).
  • “Does ‘Religion’ Exist?” PROFS Lecture, UM (February 19, 2002).
  • “The Resurgence of Religious History,” Phi Alpha Theta lecture, UM (December 5, 2001).
  • “Polish Jews and Jewish Poles: Overcoming the Dichotomies of Identity,” National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2001).
  • “Reconciling Oneself to Reconciliation: Confronting Polish-Jewish Relations,” Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, Manila, Philippines (August 17, 2001).
  • “Making a Space for Anti-Semitism: The Polish Catholic Hierarchy and the Jews in the Early 20th Century,” Georgetown University (April 25, 2001).
  • “Anti-Semitism, Anti-Polonism, and the Perpetuation of Hatred,” Hillel Lecture Series, UM (March 18, 2001).
  • “The Search for a Catholic Modernity: Anti-Semitism and the Boundaries of Catholic Discourse in Poland,” Indiana University Polish Studies Center (November 2000).
  • “Anti-Semitism, Catholicism, and Modernity in Poland,” The VI Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies, Tampere, Finland (August 2000).
  • “Setting the Boundaries of the Radical Right in Contemporary Poland,” UM Center for European Studies (April 2000).
  • “New Approaches to the Study of Nationalism,” UM History Department Colloquium (March 2000).
  • “Marking the Boundaries of the Faith: Catholicism and the Radical Right in Early Twentieth-Century Poland,” Miller Center Lecture, The University of Virginia (March 2000).
  • “New Approaches in Critical Oral History,” Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Political Science (October 1999).
  • “Hatred and History,” Phi Alpha Theta Lecture, The University of Tulsa (May 1999).
  • “For God and Fatherland: Catholic Narratives of Polish History,” UM Institute for the Humanities, (February 1998).
  • “Translating and Retranslating the Struggle for Survival: Spencer in Poland,” National Convention of the American Historical Association, Seattle, Washington (January 1998).
  • “Poland’s Multiple Modernities,” National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Seattle, Washington (November 1997).
  • “The Silences of Polish History,” Workshop on Women and Gender in Poland, UM (May 1997).
  • “Hatred and History,” UM Department of History Commencement Address (May 1997).
  • “The Political Landscape in Poland,” Cleveland Society of Poles (May 1997).
  • “The Politics of Mickiewicz in the World of Gumplowicz,” National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston, Massachusetts (November 1996).
  • “Nationalism and Mass Politics: Rethinking the Role of the Endecja in Polish History,” The Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Washington, D.C. (June 1996).
  • “Modernization, Democracy, and the Narratives of Polish History,” Symposium on Cultural Studies in Eastern Europe, UM (April 1996).
  • “‘Modernism’ and ‘Public Action’ in fin-de-siècle Poland,” Cultural Studies Group of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, UM (April 1996).
  • “When Poland Learned to Hate: From the National Ideal to the National Struggle, 1863-1905,” UM History Department Faculty Colloquium (December 1995).
  • “Reconfiguring the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Poland,” National Convention for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, D.C. (October 1995).
  • “The Construction and Deconstruction of Nineteenth-Century Polish Liberalism,” The V Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies, Warsaw, Poland (August 1995).
  • “The Construction of the Social Nation in Nineteenth-Century Poland,” UM Center for Russian and East European Studies (April 1995).
  • “1989 and the Collapse of Polish History,” The UM History Honors Club (October 1995).
  • “The Romantic in a Positivist Hat: Idealism, Scientism, and the Polish Concept of ‘The Nation’.” UM Department of History (January 1994).
  • “Jednostka i zbiorowość w Endeckiej koncepcji narodu przed 1905 r.” Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of History (April 1994).
  • “Hermeneutics and the Historian: Recent Methodological Approaches in the Study of Nationalism.” University of Warsaw Department of History (January 1994).
  • “The Nation as Discourse: A Methodological Commentary on the Study of Polish National Democracy.” National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Phoenix, Arizona (November 1992).

Service 

  • Editorial Board, Slavic Review (2014-present).
  • President, Polish Studies Association (2010-2016).
  • Founder and Editor, H-Poland (2010-2016).
  • European Caucus Leader, History Department, UM (2015-2016).
  • Rackham Dissertation Prize Selection Committee (2014-2015).
  • History Department Committee for Outreach, Publicity, and Development (2015-2016).
  • Selection Committee, Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize (2015).
  • History Department Honors Chair (2013-2015).
  • Chair, Promotion Committee for Douglas Northrop (2013).
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department (2010-2012).
  • History Department Executive Committee (2008-2010).
  • Director, Copernicus Endowment for Polish Studies (2000-2010).
  • Search Committee, Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights (2009).
  • Graduate Student Essay Prize Selection Committee, AAASS (2009-2010).
  • CES-EUC Fellowships Committee (2009-2010).
  • Search Committee, North American Religious History (2008-2009).
  • Chair, Undergraduate Advising Committee (2007).
  • Executive Committee, Center for Russian and East European Studies (1999-2002, 2005-2007).
  • Promotion Review Committee for Dario Gaggio (Fall 2006).
  • International Institute Fellowships Committee (2006).
  • Center for Russian and East European Studies Fellowships Committee (2006).
  • Department of History Postdoctoral Fellowships Committee (2006).
  • Review Committee for the Orbis Prize for the Best New Book in Polish Studies (2005-2006).
  • Director of Graduate Studies, History Department (2001-2002, 2004-2005).
  • Chair, Fellowships Committee, History Department (2000-2001).
  • Center for European Studies Advisory Committee (1997-2002).
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor, Center for Russian and East European Studies (1997-1998, 2000-02).
  • Rackham Dissertation Grant Committee (1998).
  • Search Committee, Medieval Jewish History (1997-1998).
  • Steering Committee, Cultural Studies Group, Center for Russian and East European Studies (1996-1997).

Teaching

  • Ongoing Dissertation Committees:
    • Cristian Capotescu
    • Johanna Folland
    • Kathleen Wroblewski
    • Deborah Jones
    • Trevor Kilgore
  • Completed Dissertation Committees:
    • Wiktor Marzec, “Rising Subjects: Forging the Political During the 1905 Revolution in Russian Poland,” (Central European University, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, 2017).
    • Jessica Zychowicz, “Superfluous Women: Gender, Art and Activism After Ukraine’s Orange Revolution (Slavic Department, 2015).
    • Alexandra Tipei, “For Your Civilization and Ours: Greece, Romania, and the Making of French Universalism (Indiana University, History, 2015).
    • Alicja Kusiak-Brownstein, “Peasant Heroes And Symbolic Ennoblement: The Limits of the Modern Historical Imagination in Poland, 1840-1914” (2014).
    • Jessica Robbins (Anthropology), “Personhood in Places: Aging, Memory, and Relatedness in Postsocialist Poland” (2013).
    • Paul Brykczynski, “Political Murder and the Victory of Ethnic Nationalism in Interwar Poland” (2013).
    • Dong Ju Kim (Anthro-History), “Taking Better Care of the Fields: Knowledge Politics of Sugar Beet, Soil, and Agriculture After Socialism in Western Poland” (2012).
    • Maria Falina (Central European University, History), “Pyrrhic Victory: East Orthodox Christianity, Politics and Serbian Nationalism in the Interwar Period,” Dissertation from Central European University Press ( 2011).
    • Raymond Patton, “Screamed Poetry: Rock in Poland’s Last Decade of Communism” (2011).
    • Lenny Ureña, “The Stakes of Empire: Colonial Fantasies, Civilizing Agendas, And Biopolitics in the Prussian-Polish Provinces (1840-1914)” (2010).
    • Emanuela Grama (Anthro-History), “Searching For Heritage, Building Politics: Archeology, Architecture and Representations of the Past in Romania (1945-2007)” (2009).
    • Ji Li, ”Becoming Faithful: Christianity, Literacy, and Female Consciousness in Northeast China” (2008).
    • Anna Cichopek-Gajraj, “Jews, Poles, and Slovaks: A Story of Encounters, 1944-48” (2008).
    • Edin Hajdarpasic, “Whose Bosnia? National Movements, Imperial Reforms, and the Political Re-Ordering of the Late Ottoman Balkans, 1840-1875” (2008).
    • Sylwia Ejmont (Comparative Literature), “The Troubadour Takes the Tram: Experience in Polish Poetry and Music” (2008).
    • Emil Kerenji, “Jewish Citizens of Socialist Yugoslavia: Politics of Jewish Identity in a Socialist State “ (2008).
    • Hadley Renkin, “Ambiguous Identities, Ambiguous Transitions: Lesbians, Gays, and the Sexual Politics of Citizenship in Postsocialist Hungary” (2007).
    • Anna Mirkova, “Land Ownership and Modernization in the Transition from Imperial Ottoman to National Bulgarian Rule (1878-1908)” (2006).
    • Kristin McGuire, “To Do is To Be: Activism, Identity and the Gendered Terms of Citizenship in Poland and Germany, 1890-1918” (2004).
    • Bob Greene, “Bodies Like Bright Stars: Saints and Relics in Orthodox Russia, 1860s-1920s” (2004).
    • Jeffrey Wilson, “Nature and Nation: the ‘German Forest’ as a National Symbol, 1871-1914” (2002).
    • Patrick Patterson, “Consumer Culture under Socialism and the Unmaking of the Yugoslav Dream, 1945-1991” (2001).
    • David Althoen, “That Noble Quest: From True Nobility to Enlightened Society in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1550-1830” (2000).
    • Hugh Lane, “State Culture and National Identity in a Multi-Ethnic Context: Lemberg, 1772-1914” (1999).
    • Theresa Ursic, “Religious Freedom in Post-World War II Yugoslavia” (1997).
    • Terry Bodenhorn, “Scribes at War: Propagandists and the Construction of a ‘Modern China’ circa 1935” (1997).
  • Master’s Thesis Supervision.
    • Dan Glasson, REES MA: “Patterns and Causes of Suburban Development around Warsaw,” 2006.
    • Matthew Konieczny, REES MA: “The Polish Constitutional Debates: Constructing Politics,” 2002.
    • Ewa Wampuszyc, REES MA: “Conflicting National Mythologies in the Narratives of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944,” 1996.
    • Victoria Klein, REES MA: “The Concept of ‘Nation/People’ in the Writing of Michael Bakunin,” 1996.
    • Krystyna Bujakiewicz, REES MA: “The Use of History in Polish Constitutional Debates, 1791 to the present,” 1995.
    • Christine Stuebner, REES MA: “Fragments of a Federation: Ethnically Mixed Couples in Slovenia,” 1995.
    • Elizabeth Belkind, REES MA, 1995.
    • Timothy Neboyskey, REES MA, 1995.
  •  Senior Honors Thesis Supervision.
    • Mary Bridget Lee, “Redefining Éireann: The Decline of Women’s Rights in the Era of Irish Nationalism, 1916-1937,” 2015.
    • Rachel Lerner, “Butler’s Battle: Wartime and the Nature of Compromise. An Analysis of British Educational Reform during WWII,” 2015.
    • Anna Gwiazdowski, “Social Advocacy & Ecumenism: How ministering to Welfare Needs Impacted Interdenominational Cooperation,” 2014.
    • Juliann Marie Schwartz, “Gradations of Hate: Father Charles E. Coughlin and the Rhetoric of Anti-Semitism, 1930-1939,” 2009.
    • Callie Wang, “Rebellion, Aggression, Empire: The Use of the Language of Just War Theory by the Vatican during World War II,” 2008.
    • Luciana Aenasoaie, History Honors Thesis, “Strangers at Home: The Marginalization of Roma in Romania,” 2006.
    • Gabriel Edelson, History Honors Thesis, “A Crisis of Identity: Remembering Stalingrad in Anglo-America,” 2006.
    • Anna Sidor, REES Honors Thesis, “Orange Alternative and the Fall of Communism in Poland,” 2005.
    • Katherine Wroblewski, History Honors Thesis, “Monumental Representations: Constructing National Identity in Post-World War II Poland,” 2003.
    • Ramona R. Cotca, History Honors Thesis, “Human Rights in American Foreign Policy: The Romanian Case,” 2001.
    • Alyssa Brody, History Honors Thesis, “From Pride to Prejudice: Romanticism and the Origins of German Nationalism,” 2000.
    • Chandra Luczak, REES Honors Thesis, “From Nationalist Hostility to Ethnic Persecution: An Analysis of the Polish United Worker’s Party’s Anti-Zionist Campaign and its Origins,” 2000.
    • Anna Kovalszki: Art History Honors Thesis: “Munkácsy Mihály: Siralomház,” 1999.
    • Danicia Kobasic: REES Honors Thesis: “Bits and Pieces: Anti-Communist Insurgency in Romania, 1945-1956,” 1999.
    • Megan Ann Henry, History Honors Thesis: “Rhetoric and Realpolitik: The Helsinki Accords and Czechoslovak Émigrés,” 1997.
    • Tiffany Troxel: REES Honors Thesis: “Show Trials and the Question of Believability: The Moscow Show Trials,” 1996.

 

 


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