Eliza Johnson Ablovatski, PhD

P.O. Box 1932

Gambier, OH  43022 USA

Telephone: 740-427-5892

Email: ablovatskie@kenyon.edu




Columbia University   Ph.D. completed 2004, degree issued 2005

M.A., October 1996; M.Phil., May 1998

Honors:             Hofstadter Fellow 1995-1996

President’s Fellow 1996-2000

Masters thesis: Counting and Categorizing: the Hungarian Gypsy Census of 1893

Advisor:            Professor Fritz Stern

Dissertation:      Cleansing the ‘Red Nest’: Counterrevolution and White Terror in Munich

                        and Budapest, 1919

            Advisor:            Professor István Deák


Amherst College        B.A. in History and German Studies, May 1993

Honors:             summa cum laude

Alfred F. Havighurst Prize (History) 1993

Thesis:              Plebiscite and Self-Determination: Upper Silesia, 1923




Kenyon College – Assistant Professor, Department of History                               Fall 2003 – present

Teaching modern European history, courses include:  Modern European Women’s History, History and Memory in Eastern Europe, Socialism and Film in Eastern Europe, post-1945, Modern European History, Russian and Soviet History, Modern Germany, and others.


Columbia UniversityColumbia College                                                                January 2002- 2003

Preceptor (instructor and fellow) for Contemporary Civilization, seminar-style survey of the great texts of political philosophy, a mandatory course in the core curriculum for sophomores.


Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin, Germany                                                                Fall  2001

Research fellow in the working group on “Civil Society” organized by the current president of the Wissenschaftszentrum, Professor Jürgen Kocka.


University of North Carolina - Charlotte                                                                               Summer 1998

Designed and taught own undergraduate lecture course, “European History from 1660 to the Present.”


Columbia University – History Department

·          Research Assistant to Professor Fritz Stern                                                                      Fall 1996, 1997

·          Teaching Assistant to Professor Stern for undergraduate seminar,                                  Spring 1997, 1998

       “The Brutalization of Europe, 1914-1989”


Random House Publishing                                                                                                        1993-1994

Assistant in publicity department of trade division. Arranged book tours, author interviews and wrote publicity copy.

Awards and Fellowships


Kenyon College Faculty Development Grant                                                                                        2004-5


University of Michigan, Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES)                                      2004

·          Post-Secondary Curriculum Development Program in Russian and East European Studies


Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Comparative European History (ZVGE)                                                1999-2001

Free University, Berlin, Germany             

·          American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) East European Studies Dissertation Fellowship

·          Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) Dissertation Fellowship

·          Volkswagen Foundation


Czernowitz Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project, Tel Aviv, Israel                                         February 2000

·          Sponsored by Heinrich Böll Foundation


Dissertation research in Budapest, Hungary                                                                                              1999

·          International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Dissertation Research Grant, nine months


Dissertation research, Munich, Germany                                                                                            Fall 1998

·          Council for European Studies (CES) Pre-dissertation Fellowship

·          Columbia History Department, Lennox Prize


Research in Vienna, Austria; Summer Language University, Debrecen, Hungary                          Summer 1997

·          Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Grant


Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project, Czernowitz, Ukraine                                                    Summer 1996

·          Harriman Institute, Columbia University, Summer Grant

·          Heinrich Böll Foundation sponsorship in Ukraine


Summer Language University, Debrecen, Hungary                                                                        Summer 1996

·          American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) East European Language Grant

·          Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Grant


East Europe Institute, Free University, Berlin, Germany                                                                     1994-1995

·          Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Fellowship





In press at Indiana University Press: “Between Red Army and White Guard: Women in Budapest, 1918-1919,” in Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe, edited by Maria Bucur and Nancy Wingfield.


Zwischen Pruth und Jordan. Lebenserinnerungen Czernowitzer Juden. With Gaby Coldewey and others.  Köln: Böhlau Verlag, 2003.  


“The Girl with the Titus-head: Women in Revolution in Munich and Budapest, 1919,” Nationalities Papers, Vol. 28, No. 3 (September 2000), pp. 541-550.


“Counting and Categorizing: The Hungarian Gypsy Census of 1893,” Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society 5, Vol. 8, No. 2 (1998), pp. 83-115.


Czernowitz ist gewen an alt jiddische Stdt: Überlebende berichten, (with co-editors and co-interviewers from the FU-Berlin).  First Edition: Czernowitz,Ukraine: distributed by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 1998. Second Edition: Berlin, 1999.


"Crime and the Police in an Era of Transition: Puerto Rico, 1887-1930," Proceedings of the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies (1989), 12-20. (with Lyman L. Johnson).



Lectures and Conference Participation


Commentator for panel commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary, sponsored by the Hungarian Studies Association, at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), December 2004, Boston, Massachussets.


From the Enemy Abroad to the Enemy at Home: How 1919 shaped the Memories of Munich and Budapest, paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), November 2002, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Between Red Army and White Guard: Women in Munich and Budapest, 1918-1919,  paper presented at the AAASS Annual Meeting, November 2001, Crystal City, Virginia.


Revolution, Gegenrevolution und Stabilisierung: München, Budapest, Berlin, Wien und Prag 1918/19 im Vergleich, lecture given with Michal Pullmann (Charles University, Prague) at the Center for Comparative European History (ZVGE), February 2001, Berlin, Germany.


Why I Joined the Red Army: Defense and Disavowal of 1919 Revolutionary Activities in Munich and Budapest during the Interwar Years, paper presented at the AAASS Annual Meeting, November 2000, Denver, Colorado. 


The ‘Sinful City’: Counterrevolution, Anti-Modernism, and Anti-Urbanism in Munich and Budapest, 1919, paper presented at, “Perceptions of ‘Modernities’: Emergence of Political Modernity, Social Transformation, and the Ideologies of Modernism in Central and Southeast Europe in the XIX-XX Centuries,” May 2000, CEU Budapest, Hungary. 


Women in Revolution, Munich and Budapest 1919, paper presented at, “Writing Women’s History and History of Gender in Countries in Transition,” Sept./Oct. 1999, Minsk, Belarus.


Counting and Categorizing: The Hungarian Gypsy Census of 1893, paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society, February 1998, Boston, Massachusetts.



Professional Memberships


American Historical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Association of Women in Slavic Studies, American Association for the Study of Hungarian History.



Areas of Research


Jewish history in Germany and Eastern Europe; Roma in Europe; Habsburg Monarchy; Soviet Union (esp. Revolution and Civil War); resistance and collaboration in World War II; post-WWII Eastern Europe and GDR; twentieth-century German and East European literature and film; memory and history.





Fluent German, Excellent Hungarian, Proficient Russian, Spanish and French, Intermediate Yiddish and Serbo-Croatian.