Community Updates – October 2021


Congratulations to former Mosse Fellow Chad Gibbs (PhD, History), who defended his dissertation, Against that Darkness: Perseverance, Resistance, and Revolt at Treblinka , and accepted an appointment at the College of Charleston as assistant professor of Jewish Studies and director of the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies.

Colleen Lucey (PhD, Slavic Languages and Literature) has published  Love for Sale: Representing Prostitution in Imperial Russia  (Cornell University Press).

Mark Lawrence Schrad (PhD, Political Science) has published a new book, Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition, available from Oxford University Press. Schrad also penned an opinion piece this summer in TIME based on this book: “Tsar Nicolas II Thought Vodka Was Hurting Russians—But Banning It Helped Destroy His Empire.”   

After ten months of full-time Kazakh language training, Caroline Savage (MA, Political Science and REECAS) started work on August 20 as the U.S. Consul General in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Shannon Donnally Quinn (PhD, Slavic Languages & Literature) received the 2021 President’s Award at this summer’s conference of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT).

Congratulations to Alexandra Steiner (BA, International Studies and Russian Language & Civilization) who was awarded a 2021 ASEEES Internship Grant. Steiner is currently in the MA program for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford.


David Danaher (GNS+) was quoted in this Washington Post piece,  “Czech women have had to use gendered last names for centuries. A law might change that.” 

Professor Emerita Halina Filipowicz (GNS+) has contributed the chapter “Is Simply Saying ‘We’ Enough? Feminism, Transgression, and the Challenge of the Transnational Turn” to Wheels of Change: Feminist Transgressions in Polish Culture and Society, edited by Jolanta Wróbel-Best (Warsaw: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego).

Francine Hirsch (History) interviewed with Wisconsin Public Radio for the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. Listen to her University of the Air interview, “Soviet Judgement at Nuremberg,” here!  Meanwhile, Hirsch has won the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) prize for best book by a woman-identifying scholar in any area of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II (Oxford University Press, 2020). Hirsch’s book also received the 2021 ASEEES Barbara Jelavich Book Prize! Congratulations!

Ted Gerber (Sociology) has published “Sino-phobia in Russia and Kyrgyzstan” in the Journal of Contemporary China with co-author Qian He. The director of CREECA has also published “Ties That Remind: Known Family Connections to Past Events as Salience Cues and Collective Memory of Stalin’s Repressions of the 1930s in Contemporary Russia” in the American Sociological Review with Michael E. van Landingham.

David McDonald (History) was a guest expert on a July 2021 episode of Wisconsin Public Radio’s University of the Air“How Serious a Threat is Russia?” 


Michael J. Mikoś (UW-Milwaukee, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature) has published Jan Kochanowski. Trifles (II), Apothegms, and Chess (John Paul II Catholic University Press).

Ben Whisenhunt (College of DuPage, Department of History) served as editor for James Cracraft’s Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World: From Peter the Great to Karl Marx (Peter Lang Publishers).

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Written by Ryan Goble | Communications Project Assistant | CREECA