Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2006
M.A., Arizona State University, 1996
B.A., The University of Southern California, 1992
Modern Southeastern Europe
Modern Central Europe
Political violence, cleansing, and genocide
Nation- and state-building
Most Recent Publications
"The Final Solution in Southern and Southeastern Europe: Between Nazi Catalysts and Local Motivations" in Jonathan Friedman, ed., Routledge History of the Holocaust (New York: Routledge, January 2011), 265-277.
"Fascism to Finish the Nation: Bulgarian Fascism's Uncertain Palingenesis of the National Project," East Central Europe 37: 2-3 (Fall 2010), 280-302.
"Beyond Morality: Teaching about Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide," Perspectives on History 48:5 (May 2010), 39-40.
With Anca Glont, "Interwar Fascism and the Post-1989 Radical Right: Ideology, Opportunism and Historical Legacy in Bulgaria and Romania," Studies in Post-Communism 42:3 (Fall 2009), 551-571.
Honors & Awards
Charles H. Revson Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
Fulbright-Hayes Fellow, Bulgaria
Boren Fellow for Bulgaria
Boren Fellow for Macedonia
Association for the Study of Eastern European, Eurasian and Slavic Studies
American Historical Association
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
Bulgarian Studies Association
Research Interests and potential topics for students
Research interests: Modern Balkan history; European terrorist and paramilitary movements; fascist ideology and practice; state-driven centralization and modernization; nationalism and national identity; ethnic cleansing and genocide in Eastern Europe; teaching and learning in the discipline of history; representations of fascist ideology in "geek" culture.
Potential topics for students: In addition to my own research interests, I'm pleased to work with students on themes in modern Central, Eastern European and Soviet history; the First and Second World Wars; comparative ethnic cleansing and genocide; minority rights and legislation in Europe; popular culture and its representations of political ideology, identity and/or violence; modern military history; terrorism and other forms of asymmetrical or irregular warfare; issues of memory and history; and topics in comparative nationalism.