Visiting Scholars

Home Institution:
Duke Kunshan University
Project Title:
Privatization, Nationalization and Back Again. The Politics of Economic Policy Reversal
Dates in Residence:
September 2022 - August 2023

At Stanford,  Paula will be working toward finishing her book project in which she  examines the economic policy shifts between privatization and nationalization prompted by the interaction of international economic pressures and domestic politics. Inspired by the experience of her family with three different land property rights regimes in the span of seventy years of Romanian history, in this project she scales the analysis to the whole world and use an original data set of privatizations and nationalizations since 1950 as well as data from my extensive fieldwork in Eastern Europe. This project breaks new ground by studying the privatization and nationalization processes together as two sides of the economic policy coin, as well as through new data collected specifically for the quantitative analysis component of the project

Home Institution:
University of Silesia in Katowice, Institute of History
Project Title:
Mihajlo Mihajlov and democratic non-nationalist opposition in Serbia/Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s
Dates in Residence:
October 2022 - November 2022

While at Stanford, Mateusz will work on his book, presenting the most important figures of the democratic opposition in Serbia in the 1970s and 1980s. The projects aims to present their activity in comparison to other dissident groups in the European communist states. It is intended to depict their connections, mutual fascinations (the case of Solidarity movement in Poland, Charter 77, Helsinki Committees in the USSR and their impact in Yugoslavia). He will present policy of the regime in Yugoslavia towards its opponents while being focused on the social activity of democratic opposition, their aims, real impact on the society in Serbia and Yugoslavia. Fellowship at the Stanford Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies will be in fact next significant stage of his  previous surveys carried out in the archives in Belgrade, Zagreb, Budapest and Moscow where he has been working in the archives and recording testimonies of people involved in the most important democratic initiatives  in Yugoslavia.

History of Central and Eastern Europe after 1945 with the special focus on democratic opposition in Yugoslavia, Poland and USSR; history of diplomacy, Cold War History