Department of History

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James Mace Ward

  • Senior Lecturer in Modern European History
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 108
  • Phone: 401.874.5486
  • Email:


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.


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


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

M.A., 2001, University of Washington

B.A., 1985, University of Kansas



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


“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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