The Dr. is IN...the District!
The Dr. is IN...the District!
I completed my Ph.D. in modern European history at Yale University in 1995. My dissertation--"From Revolutionaries to Citizens"--was published by Duke University Press in 2002. After graduate school, I worked at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC) as an editor of the journal "Holocaust and Genocide Studies". There I became involved with a documentary film project on the bombing of Auschwitz controversy. Narrated by the late Mike Wallace of the television news program Sixty...
I completed my Ph.D. in modern European history at Yale University in 1995. My dissertation--"From Revolutionaries to Citizens"--was published by Duke University Press in 2002. After graduate school, I worked at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC) as an editor of the journal "Holocaust and Genocide Studies". There I became involved with a documentary film project on the bombing of Auschwitz controversy. Narrated by the late Mike Wallace of the television news program Sixty Minutes, the film "They Looked Away", was released in 2003, and has been screened at numerous film festivals and academic conferences. Since 1998, I have taught a range of modern European history courses at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland (USA). In Fall 2003, I taught at McDaniel’s Budapest Program. In 2004, I was promoted to Associate Professor. From 2004–05, I was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where I taught a course on twentieth-century genocide and published both academic and journalistic articles on genocide memory in the former Yugoslavia. In 2005–06, I taught at the International University of Sarajevo.
From 2011–13, I was a Marie Curie Fellow (European Union research program) at the University of Birmingham (UK), where I worked on a book on the memory of the Sarajevo assassination. I am also writing a general history of the assassination for Oxford University Press. I have received additional support for this project from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where I was in residence in spring 2008. I have published my work in journals including The Austrian History Yearbook, The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, the American Historical Review, the Journal of Genocide Research, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition to my native English, I speak/read French, German, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.
I have taught courses in European history and Western/World Civilization at private research universities (Yale, American University, the International University of Sarajevo), public universities (Brooklyn College, CUNY) and, for most of my career, a small liberal arts college--McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) in Westminster, MD. The great advantage of teaching at a liberal arts college is that it has allowed me to range widely with my course offerings, which include such standards as 19th/20th-century Europe and Western Civilization (from the Enlightenment to the Present), as well as post-1945 Europe; the Holocaust; "Fathoming Evil: Genocide in the Modern World"; the histories of France and Germany, a course entitled "The First World War in History and Memory," and an interdisciplinary course on History and Memory. The other great advantage of teaching at a small undergraduate college is that I get to work closely with students, many of whom I have helped to get into graduate programs, internships (as at the Smithsonian Institute), and other professional degree programs. While I am an active researcher, working with students at McDaniel has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career.
In addition to my range of course offerings, my courses also include lectures/readings grounded in political, social, cultural, and even military history, as well as the burgeoning field of memory studies.
I am excited to work with any student who is excited to learn. I am passionate about my chosen profession of historian, and fascinated (and sometimes disgusted) by the ways in which politics and the news media often manipulate and/or distort the past to serve their own presentist agendas. What we are currently witnessing in the American political arena in particular in terms of the (mis)use of the past to serve contemporary aims and egos is an excellent--and frightening--example of the unheralded importance of being ground in history and critical thinking (i.e., the humanities generally). For an example of what I mean, I suggest an article that appeared in the Aug. 29, 2016 issue of The New York Times entitled "Why Did We Stop Teaching Political History". As a professional teacher/tutor, I am not simply interested in getting the facts drilled into my students' heads so that they can succeed on a particular exam or meet a specific prerequisite--I want them to understand and appreciate fully why knowing the past, and knowing how to go about learning it, are so critically important for the development of modern citizenry, not to mention for one's own, individual intellectual/cultural development.