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Visiting Scholars

Maurice Casey

Home Institution: Jesus College, University of Oxford
Project Title: The Irish Radical World: Gender and Solidarity, 1916-1939
Fellowship: Fulbright
Dates in Residence:
November 2018 to February 2019

Maurice J. Casey is a PhD candidate at Jesus College, University of Oxford. He studied for his B.A. at Trinity College Dublin and received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. His doctoral project examines the global connections of Irish women on the radical left during the interwar period. In particular, his project seeks to contribute to our understanding of how radical women engaged with the Soviet Union by exploring the experiences of Irish visitors and emigres in the interwar USSR. More broadly, his research interests are in the socio-cultural dimensions and lived experience of transnational solidarity in the 20th century.

Martin Previšić

Home Institution: University of Zagreb, Croatia
Project Title: Soviet Communism and the Yugoslav Question, 1940-1945
Fellowship: Fulbright
Dates in Residence:
February 2019 to July 2019

Martin Previšić is an assistant professor in the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. His research and teaching interests focus on political history, the role of party institutions, the role of ideology in socialist Yugoslavia and the history of Communism in Europe. His PhD thesis entitled, “History of the Goli otok Cominformist prison camp 1949 – 1956” was completed in 2014 under the mentorship of Ivo Banac at the University of Zagreb. He was awarded a fellowship in Israel (Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies – Seminar for Holocaust Studies for Educators from Croatia and Slovenia, Jerusalem 2015). In 2017, Previšić held guest lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana–Campaign, University of Pittsburgh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Furman University.


Aigi Rahi-Tamm

Home Institution: Institute of History and Archeology, University of Tartu, Estonia
Project Title: Normalizing the Extraordinary Soviet Estonian Society, 1940s-60s
Fellowship: Fulbright
Dates in Residence:
March 2019 to June 2019

Aigi Rahi-Tamm is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Archival Studies at the Institute of History and Archaeology, University of Tartu in Estonia. Her research interests focus on the controlling mechanisms in society in the period of Sovietization. The main emphasis is on the mutual relations between people and the state, the influence of political processes, decisions and the historical experience. She has been dealing with research on the Soviet repressive system and the analysis of Estonians’ war experience in the 20th century by the example of WWI and WWII. In archival studies she has specialized in the interpretation of sources and source criticism in general. She has successfully supervised students on all academic levels. She was awarded fellowships in Germany (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam 2013; Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena 2018).


David Ransel

David L. Ransel (Scholar in Residence)

Home Institution: Indiana University, Robert F. Byrnes Professor Emeritus
Dates in Residence:
September 2016 to September 2019

David L. Ransel is the Robert F. Byrnes Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He has published nine books, including four monographs, and several dozen articles on topics in Russian political, social and oral history. Ransel served as editor-in-chief of the Slavic Review 1980-85 and editor-in-chief of the American Historical Review 1985-95. From 1995 to 2009 he was director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University. He served as president of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in 2004. He is currently at work on an oral history study of civic identity and social attachments of the last Soviet and first post-Soviet generations of workers in the industrial suburbs of Moscow.