Loyola University Maryland

Department of Political Science

Dr. Janine Holc

Janine Holc


Phone: 410-617-2922
E-mail: jholc@loyola.edu

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D, The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., Illinois State University

Faculty and Administrative Positions

  • Professor of Political Science, 2020-present
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, 1997-2020
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, 1991-1997
  • Department Chair, Political Science, 1997-2001
  • Director, Global Studies Program, 2013 and 2017-2018
  • Co-Director, Gender Studies Program, 2015-2017

Grants and Awards

  • Loyola University Peace and Justice Grant
  • Ben and Zelda Cohen Visiting Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Fellow, Holocaust Educational Foundation Summer Institute
  • American Political Science Association Grant
  • National Council for Soviet and East European Research
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
  • Fulbright Scholar, Warsaw, Poland
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship in Soviet/East European and International Security Studies
  • Loyola University, Summer Research Grant, multiple years

Selected Academic Publications

  • "Anti-Semitism, Against and Beyond." Slavic Review, 2019 [forthcoming].
  • “The Dynamics of Cultural Change in Northeastern Poland: The Role of Ethnicity in Local Activism,” in Susan Pearce and Eugenia Sojka, eds., Cultural Change in the New Europe and Central Asia, Springer, 2019 [forthcoming].
  • "Polin, The Museum of the History of Polish Jews." American Historical Review 123 (4), October 2018.
  • “The Polish–Lithuanian Borderlands, Past and Present: Multicultural versus Decolonial Responses to Local and State Violence.” Nationalities Papers (2018): 1-17.
  • “Poland’s European Vision: Religion, Secularism, and Poland’s Role in the Emergence of the Lisbon Treaty.” The Polish Review 62.1 (2017): 93-110.
  • The Politics of Trauma and Memory Activism: Polish-Jewish Relations Today. Palgrave, 2017. [Book]
  • “Reframing Disability through Graphic Novels for Girls: Alternative Bodies in Cece Bell's El Deafo.” Girlhood Studies 9.1 (2016): 72-96. Co-authored with Wendy Smith.
  • “The Remembered One: Memory Activism and the Construction of Edith Stein's Jewishness in Post-Communist Wrocław.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29.4 (2011): 67-97.
  • “Memory Contested: Jewish and Catholic Views of Poland in Present Day Poland,” in Robert Blobaum, ed., Antisemitism and its Opponents in Modern Poland. Cornell University Press, 2005.
  • “The purest democrat: fetal citizenship and subjectivity in the construction of democracy in Poland.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 29.3 (2004): 755-782.
  • “Working through Jan Gross's Neighbors.” Slavic Review 61.3 (2002): 453-459.
  • “Liberalism and the construction of the democratic subject in postcommunism: The case of Poland.” Slavic Review 56.3 (1997): 401-427.
  • “Encouraging Students to Demonstrate Intellectual Behavior that Professors Respect.” College Teaching 45.3 (1997): 92-95. Co-authored with Andrea Giampetro-Meyer.
  • “Competing visions of Polish parliament, 1989-1993.” East European Quarterly 29.1 (1995): 69-82.
  • “Solidarity and the Polish State: Competing Discursive Strategies on the Road to Power.” East European Politics and Societies 6.2 (1992): 121-140.

My scholarship centers on questions of subjectivity and representation in the context of Eastern Europe, specifically Poland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany. I have published on activism and democratization in post-communist Poland; the representation of gender and ethnicity in legal, cultural and memory formations; Catholic-Jewish relations; and pedagogy. I have conducted fieldwork and archival research in a number of locations, including the rural Polish-Lithuanian border region, the Bundesarchive in Berlin, the Weiner Library in London, Warsaw’s National Library, local collections in the Czech Republic, the Dorot Collection in the New York Public Library, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. My current book project, titled The Weavers of Trautenau: Jewish Female Forced Labor in the Holocaust, uses survivor testimonies to reconstruct the experience of two thousand Jewish girls forcibly held in a textile factory complex in a small town in the Sudetenland during the Holocaust. 


  • International Politics
  • International Relations Through Non-Western Lenses
  • Approaches to American Foreign Policy
  • Politics of Russia
  • Politics of Eastern Europe
  • Global Politics of Migration
  • Poland and the Holocaust
  • Politics of Globalization
  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Core “Politics” courses for Alpha and Messina
  • Multiple service-learning initiatives in the classroom
  • Teaching/research partnership with library professional

Loyola Service

  • AY 2018-19: Innovation Task Force
  • Loyola Conference
  • Academic Senate


  • Executive Governance Council
  • Compensation Committee
  • Research and Sabbaticals
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
  • Diversity Reading Group Facilitator
  • Global Studies Committee (founding member)
  • Undergraduate Research Colloquium Committee
  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Faculty Handbook Committee
  • Strategic Plan Working Group
  • Core Advisor
  • Moderator, College Democrats
  • Moderator, Global Studies Club
  • OutLoyola Presenter and Participant

Community Service

  • Project Facilitator, International Baccalaureate Program at Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School, Baltimore, MD, 2012-2013
  • Volunteer, Lutheran Support Services at the Refugee Resettlement Center, Baltimore, 2009
  • Youth Support Volunteer, SMYAL/Sexual Minority Youth Action League, 2002-03
  • Development Consultant, The Door/Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation, 1994-2002

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This professor of political science most values the long-lasting relationships he develops with his students

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