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James Mace Ward

  • Senior Lecturer in Modern European History
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 108
  • Phone: 401.874.5486
  • Email: jmward@uri.edu

Biography

Ward received his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University in 2008, and has held term appointments there as well as at DePauw University and Queen’s University of Belfast. As a teacher, he specializes in modern Eastern Europe and the Second World War, but enjoys teaching a wide variety of topics, especially modern European surveys. In all of his classes, he stresses writing as a mode of thinking. He is an avid traveler and lived abroad for over a decade in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Thailand.

Ward’s research interests include religion, nationalism, mass violence, collaboration and resistance, and expropriation. His first monograph was a political and intellectual biography of Jozef Tiso (1887–1947), the priest-president of Slovakia during the Second World War and the only executed war criminal to be seriously proposed as a Catholic saint. His present research project is a general history of modern expropriation in Central Europe, tentatively titled The People’s Property. Framed as a voyage through time and space from Josephist Vienna to Stalinist Budapest, this project will investigate a series of episodes of or debates about expropriation. The book’s premise is that expropriation has an inner logic that has served as a driver for modernity.

Research

  • religion
  • nationalism
  • mass violence
  • collaboration
  • resistance
  • expropriation

Education

M.A., 2003, Ph.D., 2008, Stanford University

M.A., 2001, University of Washington

B.A., 1985, University of Kansas

Publications

BOOKS

Priest, Politician, Collaborator: Jozef Tiso and the Making of Fascist Slovakia (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013).

  • Honorable Mention, Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia in 2013 (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
  • Slovak and Czech editions to be issued in 2015 by the Bratislava publisher Slovart

ARTICLES

“The 1938 First Vienna Award and the Holocaust in Slovakia,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 29 (2015): 76–108.

“Legitimate Collaboration: The Administration of Santo Tomas Internment Camp and Its Histories, 1942–2003,” Pacific Historical Review 77 (2008): 159–201.

  • Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award for the most deserving article to appear in PHR in 2008

“‘People Who Deserve It’: Jozef Tiso and the Presidential Exemption,” Nationalities Papers 30 (2002): 571–601.

  • Special mention in the Czechoslovak History Conference Stanley Z. Pech Prize for best article published in 2001–2002 on Czech or Slovak history

 

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