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Visiting Scholars

Tomas Balkelis

Tomas Balkelis

Home Institution: Vilnius University, Lithuania
Project Title: Violence, Nationalism and Revolution in the Baltic States, 1918-1920
Fellowship: Baltic-American Freedom Foundation
Dates in Residence:
December 2015 to November 2016
Course(s) taught: Russian Literature

Dr. Tomas Balkelis received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Toronto in 2004. After graduation, he worked at the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham. During the last two years, he led a Lithuanian Research Council funded team of historians based at Vilnius University working on the international project 'Population Displacement in Lithuania in the XXth century' which focused on forced population transfers, refugee identities and displacement experiences between the Great War and the end of the Cold War. During 2009-2013, he was a European Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin. He is the author of The Making of Modern Lithuania (Routledge, 2009). His articles among other journals have been published by Past and Present and Contemporary European History. He has a particular interest in the modern history of Baltics, Russia, and Poland. His research fields include nation-building, national myth-making, population displacement and paramilitary violence. He is currently working on a monograph on paramilitarism in the Baltic States after the Great War. 

Igor Casu

Igor Casu

Home Institution: Moldova State University
Project Title: A Moldavian Holodomor? The Mass Famine in Soviet Moldavia, 1946-1947
Fellowship: Fulbright
Dates in Residence:
January 2016 to July 2016

Igor Casu is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Totalitarianism at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, State University of Moldova, Chisinau. In March 2000, Casu received his Ph.D. in History from Jassy University in Romania and was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Lenoir University in North Carolina during fall semester that same year, during which he taught a masters course on Modern Balkan History. In 2010, he served as vice chairman of the Presidential Commission for the Study and Evaluation of the Communist Totalitarian Regime in the Republic of Moldova. Among his research interests are: Soviet Nationalities Policy and Political Repressions, Violence and Resistance in Soviet Moldavia during Stalinism and after 1953. Among his recent publications are: “The Fate of Stalinist Victims in Soviet Moldavia after 1953: Amnesty, Pardon and the Long Road to Rehabilitation”, in Kevin McDermott, Matthew Stibbe, eds., De-Stalinising Eastern Europe. The Rehabilitation of Stalin’s Victims, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and The Class Enemy. Political Repressions, Violence and Resistance in Moldavian (A)SSR, 1924-1956 (Cartier, 2015). His research project at Stanford is entitled A Moldavian Holodomor? Mass Famine in MSSR, 1946-1947.

Sergiu Musteaţă

Sergiu Musteaţă

Home Institution: Ion Creangă Pedagogical State University, Moldova
Fellowship: Carnegie Research Fellowship Program
Dates in Residence:
September 2016 to January 2017

Sergiu Musteaţă is an historian and currently Dean of the History and Geography Faculty of Ion Creangă Pedagogical State University in Chișinău, Moldova. He is the author of six monographs and more than 200 articles on history, cultural heritage preservation and textbooks analysis. Professor Musteaţă is also editor of two monograph series – ANTIM monographs and Unknown Documents and Histories (20 volumes published), and editor of the young historian’s annual journal (10 volumes published). Every year he holds over 20 presentations and public lectures in various academic centers around the world. In recent years, he has been a visiting scholar and a visiting professor in many universities in the United States, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Slovenia, etc. Dr. Musteaţă will be in residence from September 2016 - January 2017.