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Patryk Babiracki

Name

[Babiracki, Patryk]
  • Associate Professor, History

Professional Preparation

    • 2008 Ph.D. in Russian / East European HistoryJohns Hopkins University
    • 2004 M.A. in Modern Russia / EuropeJohns Hopkins University
    • 2002 BA in Russian Studies / Honors ProgramPortland State University

Appointments

    • Aug 2015 to Present Associate Professor, Tenured
      Dr. Heekyeong Park   University of Texas at Arlington   Department of History
    • Sept 2009 to Present Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington   Office of the President   Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs   College of Liberal Arts   Dept. of History
    • Sept 2008 to Aug 2009 Lecturer (U.S: Assistant Professor)
      University College Dublin   College of Arts and Celtic Studies   School of History and Archives
    • Jan 2008 to May 2008 Instructor
      Johns Hopkins University   Krieger School of Arts and Sciences   Department of History

Awards and Honors

    • Mar  2017 Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers sponsored by Berliner Kolleg Kalter KriegThe Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award Details
      Description:

      18-month fellowship for "Poznań International Fair: A Cold War History," to be undertaken at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies starting September, 2017.

    • May  2015 Research Enhancement Grant (UTA), $10,000 sponsored by University of Texas at Arlngton
      Description:

      For the project: "The Poznań International Fair: A Cold War History."

    • Mar  2012 Title VIII Research Scholarship, Kennan Institute, Washington, DC sponsored by Kennan InstituteKennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC
      Description:

      Accepted for May-August 2012

    • Mar  2012 Volkswagen Foundation / Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship sponsored by Volkswagen and Mellon Foundations and Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam
      Description:

      Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam (May-August 2013-15)

    • Feb  2012 Junior Research Fellowship, CEU-IAS, Budapest sponsored by Institute for Advanced Studies, Central European University
      Description:

      Budapest, 2012-13

    • Jan  2012 Non-stipendiary Visiting Scholarship, GWU (declined) sponsored by Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), George Washington University,
    • Jul  2010 J. Tischner Visiting Fellowship, IWM, Vienna sponsored by Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM)
      Description:

      Vienna, July-December, 2010.

    • Jan  2009 2-month research grant (supplementary post-doctoral research) sponsored by Polish History Museum
    • Jan  2008 Dean’s Teaching Fellowship sponsored by Johns Hopkins University
      Description:

      spring, 2008. 

    • Jul  2007 Summer Research Award sponsored by JHU Stulman Jewish Studies
    • Jul  2007 Travel Grant sponsored by Frederick Jackson Turner
    • Sep  2006 Fulbright Hays Dissertation Research Fellowship 2005-2006 sponsored by United States Department of Education
      Description:

      Awarded in 2005-2006 for research in Russia and Poland

    • Sep  2005 Individual Advanced Research OpportunityFellowship sponsored by International Research & Exchange Board (IREX)
      Description:

       Moscow, Russia, September, 2005-February, 2006.

    • Jun  2005 Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. sponsored by Social Science Research Council
      Description:

       June-August, 2005

    • May  2005 J. Brien Key Fellowship (minor grant). sponsored by J. Brien Key Committee
    • Oct  2002 Tuition Scholarship sponsored by Kościuszko Foundation
      Description:

      October, 2004.,2002

Other Activities

    • Uncategorized
      • July 2012 On Research Leave in 2012-13

Research and Expertise

  • Research Interests

    As a researcher, I have been interested in the transnational and cultural dimensions of Soviet and East European communisms during the Cold War.  Recently, I completed three projects. The first is a monograph titled Soviet Soft Power in Poland: Culture and the Making of Stalin’s New Empire, 1943-1957 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). The book explores Soviet and Polish communists efforts to consolidate the new empire through broadly-understood international cultural initiatives.  The second is a co-edited collection of essays titled Cold War Crossings: International Travel and Exchange in the Soviet Bloc, 1940s-1960s (Texas A&M University Press, 2014).  The third is a collection of essays (co-edited with Austin Jersild), titled Socialist Internationalism in the Cold War: Exploring the Second World (Palgrave, 2016).  I am presently working on a monograph tentatively called “The Poznań International Fair: A Cold War History,” The project (recently awarded an 18-month-long Humboldt Felowship, to be undertaken at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies) examines the Poznań trade fair as a Cold War battleground and a site of circulation of multiple material cultures.  

Publications

      Book Forthcoming
      • Patryk Babiracki and Austin Jersild, eds., Exploring the Second World: Socialist Internationalism in the Cold War

        {Book} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book Chapter Forthcoming
      • "Introduction" (with Austin Jersild) in Babiracki and Jersild, eds., Exploring the Second World: Socialist Internationalism in the Cold War (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan)

        {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]
      Forthcoming
      • “Two Stairways to Socialism: Soviet Youth Activists in Polish Spaces, 1950s-1960s” in Babiracki and Jersild, eds., Exploring the Second World: Socialist Internationalism in the Cold War (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan)

        {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2017
      • Review of Jan Szumski, Polityka a historia. ZSRR wobec nauki historycznej w Polsce w latach 1945-1964, Pol-Int.org: 

        https://www.pol-int.org/en/pdf/node/3679?r=5702

        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Book 2015
      Book Review 2015
      • Patryk Babiracki, Review of Christian Karner and Bram Mertens, eds., The Use and Abuse of Memory: Interpreting World War II in Contemporary European Politics, The Sarmatian Review (Jan. 2015)

        {Book Review} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Anthology Work/Essay 2014
      Book Chapter 2014
      • "The Taste of Red Watermelon: Polish Peasants Visit Soviet Collective Farms, 1949-1952” in Babiracki and Zimmer, eds., Cold War Crossings: International Travel and Exchange in the Soviet Bloc, 1940s-1960s (Texas A&M University Press, 2014) 

        {Book Chapter} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2011
      • “Interfacing the Soviet Bloc: Recent Literature and New Paradigms,”” (historiographic article) 

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]

      Popular Press Article 2011
      • Co si? Sowietom nie uda?o: Kultura Polska a imperium Stalina,” (“What the Soviets Failed to Accomplish: Polish Culture and Stalin’s Empire,” in Res Publica Nowa (invited article in a Polish social/cultural magazine), issue 201-202 (2011): 50-56.
        {Popular Press Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2009
      • Babiracki, Patryk. "Between Compromise and Distrust: The Soviet Information Bureau’s Operations in Poland, 1945-1953,”." Cultural and Social History (UK) 6, no 3 (2009): 345-367.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2007
      • Babiracki, Patryk. "“Imperial Heresies: Polish Students in the Soviet Union, 1948-1957,”." Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space, no 4 (2007): 199-236.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book Chapter 2006
      • Babiracki, Patryk. "“Enemy to Friend: Soviet Union, Poland and the Refashioning of the Imperial Identity in Pravda, 1943-1947,”." Bridging Disciplines, Spanning the World: Approaches to, edited by Rachel Beatty Riedl, Sada Aksartova, 132-154. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Institute for International Regional Studies / World Politics, 2006.
        {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]

Presentations

    • May  2014
      • “Soviet Soft Power in Eastern Europe, 1945-1956.”

      Conference “Literary Pact Sovietica,” University of Sheffield, May 16, 2014.

    • November  2014
      Soviet-Polish Cultural Relations after World War II

      Soviet-Polish Cultural Relations after World War II, 1945-56

    • July  2012

      'Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1953-1957'

    • October  2012

      'Communism, Polish Jews and Anti-Semitism, 1943-1957"

    • November  2011
      Panel entitled: "Friendship: The Evolution of a Leitmotif in Transnational Post-Stalinist Discourse," November 19, 2011 (commentator)
    • July  2011
      "Seeds of Doubt: How Polish Peasants Toured Soviet Collective Farms, 1949-1952"
    • November  2011
      "Cultural Diplomacy With a People's Democracy: the Soviet Union and Poland, 1944-1948," November 19, 2011.
    • November  2010
      "An Army of Skeptics: Polish Military Units in the USSR and the Meaning of the New Soviet Empire, 1943-1945," an invited public lecture on November 23, 2010
    • March  2010
      "From Reconstructing Repression to the Search for Synergy: Travel and the Changing Scholarship on the Former Soviet Bloc." Pre-circulated paper presented on March 13, 2010 (invited)
    • December  2010
      "An Army of Skeptics: Polish Military Units in the USSR and the Meaning of the New Soviet Empire, 1943-1945," an invited public lecture on December 10, 2010
    • March  2009
      "Soviet-Polish Literary Contacts and the Politics of the 'Raw Deal,' 1945-1953," March 30, 2009.
    • November  2009
      "Soviet-East European Interactions during the Cold War: In Search for an Analytic Paradigm" , November 14, 2009.
    • October  2009
      "Soviet-East European Interactions during the Cold War: In Search for an Analytic Paradigm" October 31, 2009.
    • April  2009
      "Unlikely Heroes: The New Polish Literature and the Soviet Cultural Politics in the Early Cold War (1945-1953)" April 23, 2009.
    • November  2007
      "A Bittersweet Success: The Soviet Cultural Expansion into Poland, 1945-1958," presentation at a roundtable entitled "The Cultural Fronts: The Soviet Empire and the Arts in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and at Home," Panel chair: Professor Richard Stites. Panel co-organized with Michael Rouland.November 16, 2007.
    • July  2007
      "Polish Students in the Soviet Union: Non-Conformity and Conflict, 1948-1957," on July 17th, 2007.
    • March  2007
      "Polish Students, Communist Bureaucrats, and the Other Side of the Soviet Empire's Engagement with Poland, 1945-1960," March 17, 2007.
    • October  2006
      "Explaining the Empire: the Soviet Press Politics in Poland, 1945-1960,"on October 27, 2006.
    • March  2005
      "Enemy to Friend: Poland and the New Soviet Empire," on April 8, 2005.
    • December  2005
      "Methods, Resources and Exercises for Teaching Cold War History in High School," on December 3, 2005.
    • March  2003
      "The Abandoned Forum: Pre-Revolutionary Anniversaries of the Emancipation of the Russian Serfs, 1861-1917,"
  • Past
    •  
      Soviet-Polish Cultural Relations after World War II

      Soviet-Polish Cultural Relations after World War II

Courses

      • HIST 4361-001 THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE 1552-1917

        Russia was the largest modern land empire on Earth.  In this course we will study the political, social and cultural mechanisms of Russian imperial rule between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries.  We will focus on the interactions between the Russian state and non-Russian nationalities during the successive stages of the Russian expansion: the Siberian frontier in the 16th and 17th centuries; the “Western Borderlands” (Eastern Europe) from the 18th century on; in the Far East and in America; and during the expansion to the Caucasus and Central Asia in the 19th centuries.  Special themes will include: 1) the structure and functioning of Russian imperial institutions; 2) types of contact between Russians and non-Russian (strategies of conquest, resistance, forms of collaboration, etc.); 3) the production of culture and knowledge for the Russian empire; 4) changing notions of nationality and 5) the complicated relationship between Russia and the West.  

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours1 Document
      • HIST 2302-001 History of Civilization

        The course is an overview of the history of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present day.  Emphasis will be put on the major developments within the European society and culture, and their place within broader political and economic trends.  Themes of the course will include: modernization; the changing boundaries of freedom and oppression; European identity and its challenges; elite and popular cultures; European interactions with non-European peoples; the divisions between Western and Eastern Europe.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • HIST 4360-001 Russia since 1855

        This is a survey course of the history of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union.  It covers the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the present times—an era of political upheavals and extraordinary cultural and social change.  Our focus will be on the social and cultural aspects of Russia’s domestic developments and their links with the broader political and economic context.  The broad themes of the course will include: the relationship between the state and society (reforms, persecution, individual freedom and social engineering), elite and popular cultures, continuities and discontinuities between the Russian and Soviet political practices, and competing visions of modernity.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • HIST 4363-001 Soviet Union in Global Cold War

        Course Description: In this course, students will learn about the Soviet side of the Cold War, from Joseph Stalin to Mikhail Gorbachev.  When, how and why did the Cold War start? Why exactly did it end? What were the Soviet motivations and means for fighting it? Themes of the course will include: Soviet foreign policy vis-à-vis the West, China and “The Third World;” Soviet-sponsored regime changes in Eastern Europe; the Soviet role in East European rebellions and in the global “hot spots” of the Cold War; the role of atomic weapons and arms race; Soviet cultural diplomacy, foreign propaganda and Cold War culture; the role of consumption in the Cold War.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about new interpretations of the Cold War based on recently declassified Russian archival materials, and to appreciate the complexity of the evolving Soviet view of international relations.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • HIST 5364-001 Socialism and Internationalism

        This course will examine the ways in which authorities in the Soviet Union and communist Eastern Europe thought about international border crossings throughout the twentieth century. It will also examine the various forms of international outreach under communism, including diplomacy, cultural and scientific exchanges, leisure travel and political tourism within and to countries of the Soviet Bloc; tensions between extreme isolationism and internationalism; mechanisms of international cultural and economic integration of the "socialist Second World;" numerous forms of international anti-communist opposition; and, the ways in which state-sponsored international initiatives subverted the totalitarian party-states.  The overarching theme of this seminar-style course will be the contradictory nature of communism, a sociopolitical system that often touted the benefits of international outreach, yet practiced extreme isolation; a system that sponsored various international initiatives that also undercut the power of the communists.  Students will read recent works in the dynamic field of international and transnational history of communism.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • HIST 2302-001 History of Civilization

        The course is an overview of the history of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present day. Emphasis will be put on the major developments within the European society and culture, and their place within broader political and economic trends. Themes of the course will include: modernization; the changing boundaries of freedom and oppression; European identity and its challenges; elite and popular cultures; European interactions with non-European peoples; the divisions between Western and Eastern Europe.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • HIST 3300-003 INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH

         

        This seminar is an introduction to historical methodology. It is structured around two chief components. First, and most broadly, we will think, read and talk about what historians do and why they do it. We will also explore how one can, might, should or should not write history. We will be interested in various historiographic approaches, and we will discuss issues such as: reasons for writing about the past, reliable methods for evaluating evidence, compelling forms of argumentation and structuring a narrative, as well as resources available to historians and students of history. Second, students will have the chance to engage in practical exercises meant to introduce them to the craft of history at the undergraduate level, including analysis of historical evidence, summarizing and reviewing academic articles, and conducting, writing and presenting one’s own research.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • HIST 4359-001 HISTORY OF RUSSIA TO 1855

        The course is a survey of Russian history since the origins of the Kievan state in the ninth century to the eve of "the Great Reforms" in mid-nineteenth century. We will trace the growth of Russian institutions and the evolution of the political culture and society. Other themes will include: The development of Russian identity, empire and expansion, foreign policy, elite and popular cultures, the changing relationship between state and society as well as Russia’s evolving interactions with the "West."

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • HIST 3300-002 Introduction to Historical Research

        No Description Provided.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • HIST 5341-001 ISSUES AND INTERPRETATIONS IN EUROPEAN / LATIN AMERICAN / AFRICAN HISTORY
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011

Other Service Activities

  • Uncategorized
    • Dec  Organizational and Outreach Activities
      March 10 2011: Co-organized Transnational Perspectives on the Soviet Bloc, 1944-1991, the 46th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Lecture Series at the University of Texas-Arlington.

      2008-2009: Initiated and co-organized (with support of the Polish Embassy in Dublin) a series of public lectures on Polish history and culture.

    • Dec  Service
      Unit Effectiveness (2011-12) Adjunct / Graduate Teaching (2011-12) Library committee (2010-11) Phi Alpha Theta Committee (2010-11) Curriculum Committee (September 2009-10; 2011-12); Curriculum Committee (September 2009-10; 2011-12);

      Webb Lectures Committee (September 2009-present);

    • Dec  Editorial Work

      Peer Reviewer for Brill Publishers (The Netherlands)