- 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
- “The History of Poland in the Wake of the Holocaust,” The Polish Review 66 (4) (2021): 44-52.
- “The Dynamics of Cultural Change in Northeastern Poland: The Role of Ethnicity in Local Activism.” In Susan C. Pearce and Eugenia Sojka, eds. Cultural Change in East European and Eurasian Spaces: Post-1989 Revisions and Re-imaginings, pp. 33-47. Springer International Publishing, 2021.
- “Holocaust Testimony, Autobiography, and the Effaced Self.” Autobiografia: Literatura, Kultura, Media 14 (1) (2020): 15-34.
- With Amanda Konradi. “Polish Manhood in Transition: Anxieties of Neoliberal Masculinity in Robert Gliński’s Cześć Tereska.” East European Politics and Societies 34 (3) (2020): 752-772.
- “Anti-Semitism in Poland, Against and Beyond.” Slavic Review 78 (2) (2019): 506-513.
- “Polin, The Museum of the History of Polish Jews.” American Historical Review 123 (4) (2018): 1267-69.
- “The Polish-Lithuanian Borderlands, Past and Present: Multicultural versus Decolonial Responses to Local and State Violence.” Nationalities Papers 46 (4) (2018): 654-670.
- The Politics of Trauma and Memory Activism: Polish-Jewish Relations Today. [Book] Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
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.