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Anna Cichopek-Gajraj

Anna.Cichopek-Gajraj@asu.edu

Asst Professor
SHPRS History Faculty
Faculty
Mail Code: 4302

Arizona State University Coor Hall 4558 (Map)
(480)727-3767

Bio

Anna Cichopek-Gajraj earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008 and has an M.A. in History from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Before joining ASU in August 2011, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, the YIVO Institute, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture in New York, among others. She has served as Director for Poland for John J. Hartman's non-profit Foundation of Remembrance and Reconciliation for the restoration of Jewish heritage in Poland. She is also a recipient of the 2016 Shofar Zakhor Award by the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors' Association for exhibiting and carrying the work of Holocaust education, Holocaust remembrance, and community interaction.

Her fields of expertise include modern East European history (in particular Poland and Czechoslovakia/Slovakia), modern Jewish history, history of modern Poland and Polish/Jewish relations, Holocaust and post-Holocaust studies, history of antisemitism,  comparative and social history, and theories of ethnicity, violence, and nationalism. Her book, Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia in 1944-1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), is a comparative study of the non-Jewish/Jewish relations in Poland and Slovakia after the Second World War. In her book, she tells a story of Holocaust survivors returning to “no-home” and their encounters with post-war social realities. By focusing on the daily efforts of Polish and Slovak Jews to rebuild their lives, she investigates the limits of belonging to national/ethnic communities in Eastern Europe after the Holocaust. The book received the 2015 Barbara Heldt Prize honorable mention for the best book by a woman in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Studies by Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS).

Her M.A. thesis on the pogrom in Cracow in August 1945 was awarded the Jan Józef Lipski Prize for the Best M.A. Thesis in Poland as well as the Special Prize by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the best M.A. Thesis in Jewish Studies in Poland. The thesis was published as a book in 2000 [in Polish]. She also contributed to Contested Memories: Poles and Jews during the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Zimmerman, 2003) – a collection of essays by leading scholars in the field of Polish-Jewish history. She has her articles and reviews published in Shofar, East European Jewish Affairs, and AJS Review, among others.

Research Interests

Key research interest: belonging and identity in modern Polish-Jewish history, Jewish/non-Jewish relations in 20th century Poland, postwar ethnic violence (pogroms).

Recent research: postwar comparative and social history of Jewish survivors in Poland and Slovakia (including everyday life and return to “normality,” reconstruction and rebuilding, identity and citizenship, property restitution, and violence).

Current new research: Polish-Jewish immigration to post-1945 US, assimilation and identity, antisemitism in 20th century Poland.

 

Courses

Fall 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 394 Special Topics
HST 590 Reading and Conference
HST 593 Applied Project
JST 394 Special Topics
JST 491 History of Anti-Semitism

Summer 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JST 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 359 Jewish Hist from 1492 to 1948
HST 590 Reading and Conference
HST 598 Special Topics

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 104 West Civ: French Rev to EU
HST 369 History & Memory of Holocaust
HST 591 Seminar
REL 312 History & Memory of Holocaust

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 104 West Civ: French Rev to EU
HST 495 Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 590 Reading and Conference

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 104 West Civ: French Rev to EU
HST 304 Studies in European History

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 304 Studies in European History
HST 498 Pro-Seminar

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 104 Western Civilization
HST 304 Studies in European History

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 104 Western Civilization

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 304 Studies in European History
HST 359 Jewish Hist from 1492 to 1948

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 104 Western Civilization
HST 359 Jewish Hist from 1492 to 1948

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