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MemberSusan Grunewald

I am a Ph.D. candidate in History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. My dissertation examines German prisoners of war in the Soviet Union from 1941-1956. I am interested in how they were treated, why they were held for so long, and their role in the Soviet forced labor economy. To access their labor contribution, I digitally map the camp locations with regards to resources and infrastructure developments with the program ArcGIS. The role of the POWs in the early stages of the Cold War is also a major part of my research.

MemberJohanna Mellis

…Co-authored proposal with Dr. Toby Rider for the Junior Intramural Grant at California State University, Fullerton, for the oral history project titled, “Cold War Athlete-Refugees in CA Project.” Summer 2017-2018. Dr. Rider and I are using the grant to conduct interviews with athlete-defectors from Eastern Europe…
…, and Sport Policy in Socialist Hungary.” Contemporary European History. (Submitted)

“Beyond Politics: Hungarian Defectors and the Realities of American Cold War Sport Policies on the Ground Level.” Journal of Sport History. (Submitted)

Review of The Olympic Games, the Soviet Sports Bureaucracy, and the Co…

I am a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Florida. My dissertation, titled Negotiation Through Sport: Navigating Everyday Life in Socialist Hungary, 1948-1989, examines the changes in policies, social relations, and cultural norms in the elite sport community. More specifically, I examine how the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and mass defection of hundreds of athletes following the Revolution gradually influenced sport leaders and elite athletes that cooperating with one another enabled both groups to achieve their respective goals of gold medals and material prosperity. My research also explores the improving relations between Hungarian sport leaders and the International Olympic Committee, and how their relations impacted policies domestically and within the IOC. In sum, my research is a history of the politics of cooperation during the Cold War, through the lens of elite sport. My research has been awarded numerous prestigious grants, including the Olympic Studies Centre’s PhD Research Grant, the North American Society for sport History Dissertation Travel Grant, and a Fulbright Grant. I have also received several Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to study Hungary. My research consists of archival materials from the National Archives and State Security Services Archives in Hungary, the Olympic Studies Centre’s archival holdings on the IOC in Switzerland, and over thirty oral histories that I have conducted with former top athletes, coaches, and sport leaders.

MemberRobert Niebuhr

…oward Nonalignment: The Improbable and Fateful Intersection of Yugoslavia and
China, 1948–53,” journal article submitted November 2017 and under review at Cold War History. With Zvonimir Stopić, Capital Normal University (China), and David Pickus, Zhejiang University (China).

“Prisoners of the Chaco: The Bol…
…ar!: The Chaco War and Bolivia’s Political Transformation, 1899–1952 (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press). Under contract, 2018.

The Search for a Cold War Legitimacy: Tito’s Yugoslavia, 1945–1975 (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018). http://www.brill.com/products/book/search-cold-war…

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MemberSasha Senderovich

Sasha Senderovich’s research focuses on the figure of the Soviet Jew as a multifaceted, unstable cultural construct located at the intersection of Jewish and Russian/Soviet cultures, literatures, and cinema. He considers this process of formation in two distinct settings that represent the core foci of his two ongoing research projects. His first project focuses on Russian and Yiddish literary and cultural sources during the 1920s and the 1930s, while the second considers the intersection of Russian Jewish literature and American Jewish literature, in Russian and in English, during the Cold War and post-Soviet periods. Senderovich’s first project consists of a monograph How the Soviet Jew Was Made: Culture and Mobility After the Revolution (in progress, under advance contract with Harvard University Press); and two critical editions of translated literary texts and authorship of critical apparatus, including David Bergelson’s Judgment: A Novel, translated from the Yiddish in collaboration with Harriet Murav (Northwestern University Press, 2017). Senderovich’s second project, to date, consists of two peer-reviewed articles, including in Prooftexts, a top tier journal in comparative Jewish literary studies, as well as public scholarship in publications like the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Forward, and The New Republic.

MemberLisa Kirschenbaum

…le, Gender, and Communist Self-Fashioning: Dolores Ibarruri in the Soviet Union,” Slavic Review 71, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 566-89.

“Constructing a Cold War Epic: Harrison Salisbury and the Siege of Leningrad,” in The Russian Experience: Americans Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present, edited …

Lisa Kirschenbaum writes and teaches about modern Russia and the Soviet Union, war and memory, international communism, and gender in modern Europe.

MemberAla Creciun

Ala is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Russian History at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation examines the nationalization of the Russian monarchy under Alexander III (1881-1894) and its far-reaching social, economic, and political implications. She holds an MA in Comparative History from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, awarded in 2013. Ala received her BA in Political Science and International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria in 2011. At the University of Maryland, she designed and taught during Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 her research methods course “Russian History in Art, Music, Literature, and Film.”  During Spring 2017, Ala also underwent a curatorial internship at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington DC, which holds the largest collection of Russian art in the West.  In January 2018, Ala was selected as a Cosmos Scholar by the Cosmos Club Foundation of Washington, DC.