Visiting Scholars

See listings of past visiting scholars.



Home Institution: Vilnius University, Lithuania
Project TitleViolence, Nationalism and Revolution in the Baltic States, 1918-1920
Fellowship: Baltic-American Freedom Foundation
Dates in Residence: December 2015 - November 2016

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.



Home Institution: Moldova State University
Project TitleA Moldavian Holodomor? The Mass Famine in Soviet Moldavia, 1946-1947
Fellowship: Fulbright
Dates in Residence: January 2016 - June 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.



Home Institution: Institute of Political History, Hungary
Project TitleNegotiating post-imperial transitions 1918-1925. A comparative study of local and regional transitions from Austria-Hungary to the successor states
Fellowship: Fulbright
Dates in Residence: January 2016 - April 2016

Gábor Egry is Head of the Research Department and Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Political History in Budapest, Hungary.  He holds a PhD from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. Egry is an historian whose research interests include nationalism, everyday ethnicity, identity politics, economic history, memory politics, gastronomy and nationalism throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. He has held fellowships from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Bucharest, and Jena, among others. His recent book Etnicitás, identitás, politika. Magyar kisebbségek regionalizmus és nacionalizmus között Csehszlovákiában és Romániában, 1918-1944 (Ethnicity, identity, politics. Hungarian minorities between regionalism and nationalism in Czechoslovakia and Romania, 1918-1944) was published in 2015 by Napvilág, Budapest. He is the principal investigator of the research project: Negotiating post-imperial transitions, 1918-1925. A comparative study of local and regional transitions from Austria-Hungary to the successor states, funded by the Hungarian National Research Fund. 


ekaterina v. klimenko (2016 Wayne Vucinich Fellow)

Home Institution: Saint Petersburg State Institute of Culture
Project Title“Migrant Integration” in Post-Soviet Russia: Knowledge, Discourse, Policy
Fellowship: CREEES, Wayne Vucinich Fellow, 2016
Dates in Residence: Spring 2016

Ekaterina V. Klimenko is a Senior Lecturer at the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Culture. She received her PhD in Cultural Studies from the Higher Attestation Committee of the Russian Federation in 2009. Her research interests include ethnicity and interethnic relations; interethnic tolerance, intolerance and acceptance; migration, migrant-phobia and migrant integration; diversity management and multiculturalism. The results of her research have been published in a number of recognized scientific journals, presented at a variety of scientific conferences. The research she is currently executing is concerned with the way the public policy of migrant integration introduced in Russia recently has evolved over political debates. The research will allow examining the role that ideas play in public policy elaboration under the specific socio-economic and legal-political conditions constituted in modern Russia. It will also provide the analysis of the tendency towards “culturalization” of the socio-economic and legal-political issues — that involves defining various “problems” and legitimizing the choice of “solutions” to these problems in terms of culture — prominent in Post-Soviet Russia.



Home Institution: Southern Methodist University
Project TitleRussian Revolution Centennial/The Provisional Government: Meaning and Practice of power in 1917
On Sabbatical
Dates in Residence: January 2016 - August 2016

Daniel Orlovsky is Professor of History and George A. Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies at Southern Methodist University.  Dr. Orlovsky has been Visiting Professor of History at Stanford and UC Berkeley, studied Russian language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and served as Chair of the Board of Directors of NCEEER. He has published on Russian social and political history, particularly questions of bureaucracy and the role of white collar workers (the “hidden class”) in the late Imperial and Soviet eras. He currently works on a variety of projects related to the coming Centennial of the Russian Revolution, especially the February Revolution and the Russian Provisional Government of 1917. Among these are Companion to the Russian Revolution (Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming, 2017), a volume of edited documents in the Yale Annals of Communism series and work as co-convener of the triennial colloquium marking the Revolution Centennial to be held in St. Petersburg, June 2016 at the European University (with co-sponsorship of the Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences).


Dariya Orlova (Visiting Professor)

Home InstitutionNational University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
Course at Stanford: Media, Democratization and Political Transformations in Post-Sovieties
Dates in Residence: Spring 2016

Dariya Orlova is a Senior Lecturer and media researcher at the Mohyla School of Journalism (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine). She received her PhD in Mass Communication in 2013 from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a thesis on "Representation of 'Europe' in the Mediatized Discourse of Ukrainian Political Elites." Dr. Orlova recently has been working on several research projects, including comparative analysis of media coverage of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and exploration of the evolving changes in Ukrainian journalism culture after EuroMaidan. Her research interests include: political communication, media transformations in post-Soviet countries, journalism culture, media and national identity. She is also an editor of the Ukrainian website of the European Journalism Observatory network and used to work as a journalist for the leading English-language publication in Ukraine, Kyiv Post.



Home Institution: Vilnius University, Lithuania 
Project TitleRed Knights: The KGB between Myth and Reality
Fellowship: Fulbright
Dates in Residence: January 2016 - June 2016

Aurimas Švedas is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of History, Vilnius University. His area of research is the history of historiography, history politics, communicative and cultural memory, and oral history. As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University he will pursue his research project, “Red Knights: The KGB between Myth and Reality,” exploring the thesis that opposing discourse and memory models in Soviet and post-Soviet times did not dispel, but rather strengthened, the myth of the omnipotent and omnipresent KGB. Aurimas’ most recent books are: Painting was Like a Door: Aurimas Švedas Speaks with Petras Repšys; Episodes for a Final Film: Film Director Almantas Grikevičius (both in the Lithuanian language, 2013), In the Captivity of the Matrix: Soviet Lithuanian Historiography, 1944–1985, (Rodopi, 2014).