Michael C. Hickey, professor of history

Michael C. Hickey, professor of history


Michael Hickey

Michael C. Hickey, Ph.D., professor of history, was an invited participant this spring on a panel that discussed "The Ukrainian Crisis" at Bucknell University's Institute for Public Policy. Hickey's presentation focused on the role of historical memory in shaping the current crisis in Ukraine. Hickey presented some of his new research on Russian-Jewish community politics during World War One, at the Delaware Valley Seminar on Russian History at Swarthmore University.

In addition, Hickey has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship to spend several weeks this summer in Smolensk, Russia, where he will continue his archival research on local Jewish history, lecture at Smolensk State University on trends in American historiography about Russia, and develop cooperative digital archive projects with Smolensk State University history faculty.

Scholarship 2014

January — Hickey, Ph.D., has been appointed to the editorial board of the Russian-language interdisciplinary academic periodical Izvestiia Smolenskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta, which publishes research by faculty and graduate students at Russia's Smolensk State University.

Scholarship 2013

November — Hickey, Ph.D., presented two research papers at the November 2013 conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Boston: “The Smolensk Peasantry in 1917” for the panel “Revolutions and Revolutionaries: Building a Peasant Constituency”; and “The Provincial Government in Smolensk,” for the panel “New Research on the Russian Revolution, Part 1: The Provisional Government.”

February — Hickey, Ph.D., completed the essay “Smolensk’s Jews in War, Revolution, and Civil War,” which will appear in the book A Kaleidoscope of Revolutions: Russia in Regional Perspective, 1914-1921, edited by Aaron Retish, Sarah Badcock, and Liudmila Novikova (Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2014). The chapter summarizes findings from Hickey’s fifteen years of archival fieldwork on local Jewish history in the Russian provincial city of Smolensk.

January — Hickey, Ph.D., edited the latest volume of the refereed academic publication On the Jewish Street/Na Evreiskoi Ulitse: A Journal of Russian-Jewish History and Culture, which provides a forum for new research and documentary materials on the history of Jews in the Russian Empire and the former Soviet Union.

Scholarship 2012

November — Hickey, Ph.D., presented a discussant’s paper, “The Construction of Jewishness and Jewish-Gentile Networks: Three Cases, Places, Periods, and Outcomes,” on Nov. 18 for the panel “Jewish Experiences in Modern Poland and Moldova” at the annual Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies conference in New Orleans. He also chaired the panel "Ukraine between the Wars" on Nov. 15.

The ASEEES conference is the world’s largest and most important annual gathering of scholars who specialize in the study of Russia, Eastern European, and Eurasia. In 2012, Hickey served as co-chair of the conference program committee. In that capacity, he oversaw the vetting process for and did the scheduling of the 500-plus panels and meetings held at this year’s conference. Hickey also fulfilled a number of administrative duties during the four-days of meetings, including serving as MC at the annual association awards ceremony.

October — Hickey, Ph.D., won the Outstanding Reference Source Award for 2012 from the American Library Association (Reference and User Services Association) for his book, "Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution: Fighting Words" (Greenwood, 2011). The book was also selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011.

August — Hickey, Ph.D., recently published the essay, "The Historical Malleability of Marriage and its Endurance as an Institution," Daily Life Through History (ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web).

April —l Hickey, Ph.D., presented two papers at the annual Southern Slavic Association Conference in Alexandria, Va., on April 8 and April 9. Hickey presented the paper, “Jewish Left Socialists and the Stalinist Terror in Smolensk: The Case of Boris Podvitskii and the Smolensk Terrorist Group, 1937-1938.,” and then presented the paper, “Against the Grain: Michael Melancon and the Persistent Rethinking of Russian Revolutionary History.”

January — Hickey, Ph.D., recently had his work, "Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution: Fighting Words" (Santa Barbara CA: Greenwood/ABC-Clio, 2011) published. Hickey is also the editor of the new academic journal On the Jewish Street/Na Evreiskoi Ulitse A Journal of Russian-Jewish History and Culture, vol. 1, no. 1, which was published in January 2011.

Scholarship 2008

June — Hickey, Ph.D., has been awarded a Research Associate Fellowship at the Summer Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois Center for Russian and East European Studies for June 2008.

September — Hickey, Ph.D., has written an article, "Communists vs. Clerics: The Smolensk Choral Synagogue, the Khislavichi Rov Shtibl Synagogue, and the Anti-Religious Campaign in Smolensk during NEP" that will appear in the September-October 2008 issue of the journal NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928.

November — Hickey, Ph.D., served as program committee chair and primary organizer of the 2008 conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Philadelphia in November. This year's program included almost 500 panels and over 1200 presenters, making it one of the largest conferences in the history of the AAASS.

In his capacity as program chair, Hickey presented reports at the association's Executive Board meeting on 20 November and served as Master of Ceremonies at the association's annual awards ceremony on Nov. 22. Hickey also was appointed chair of the association's advisory committee on communications and conducted that committee's annual meeting on Nov. 22.

In addition, Hickey served as Chair for two conference panels: "Gender and the Cold War: A German Studies Association-AAASS Cooperative Panel" on 21 November; and "The Bolsheviks in Power: On Alexander Rabinowitch's Study of Petrograd under Bolshevik Rule in 1918" on 22 November.