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Michael David-Fox

  • Michael David-Fox has been at HSE University since 2014.

In unpaid leave since May 2022

Education and Degrees

  • 1993

    Yale University

  • 1987

    Princeton University

Courses (2018/2019)

Old World and New World in XIX-XX Centuries (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 3 year, 3, 4 module)Rus

Editorial board membership

2010: Editor-in-chief, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.


Европа 1945. Освобождение, оккупация, возмездие (Москва). Presentation: Nineteen Forty Five and Its Aftermath: A Contemporary Perspective



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Employment history

Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of History, Georgetown University, 2013-present . 

Founding Editor, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 2000-2010; Executive Editor, 2010-present.

Interim Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES), School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2015-2016.

Academic Supervisor, The International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, 2014-present.

Fellowships and Grants

Lead International Researcher and Co-Head, Laboratory on Occupations and Liberations in Europe, 1939-1945 (Higher School of Economics, Center for the History and Sociology of World War II). $1.2 m grant received in collaboration with Oleg Budnitskii, 2014-2016.

Georgetown University Senior Faculty Fellowship, awarded for fall 2015.

Georgetown University Graduate School, Summer Academic Grant, 2012.

Humboldt Research Fellowship, renewed for three months in summer 2010.

Jack and Anita Hess Seminar for Faculty: The Holocaust in the Soviet Union: New Sources, New Perspective for Use in Teaching,January 2010, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Graduate Research Board semester grant, University of Maryland (full salary and research stipend), fall 2009.

Humboldt Forschungsstipendium, Humboldt-Stiftung, for affiliation with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the University of Tübingen, 2006-2007.

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) grant, 2003 National Research Competition, 2003-2004.

Office of International Programs (University of Maryland) travel grant, for trip to Moscow, summer 2003.

Graduate Research Board, University of Maryland, semester grant, Spring 2002.

National Academy of Education Collaborative Projects Initiative grant (with Alexander Sidorkin), 2001.

Spencer Foundation, Small Research Grant Program, $35,000 for spring 2000.

International Travel Fund, Office of International Affairs, College Park, for travel to Moscow, summer 1999.

National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow, spring semester 1998 and spring semester 1999.

General Research Board, University of Maryland, Summer Research Award, June-August 1997.

Spencer Foundation, major grant ($60,000) as principal investigator of “Academia in Upheaval: The Origins and Demise of the Communist Academic Regime in Russia and East Central Europe,” 1995-1996.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Short-Term Grant, for a research trip to Moscow, summer 1994.

American Council of Teachers of Russia (ACTR) Research Scholar Program, U.S. Department of State Title VIII Fellowship for research in Moscow and Petersburg, winter 1994.

Spencer Dissertation Year Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Spencer Foundation, 1992-1993.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1991-1992, 1989-90 and 1988-1989.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) German language training fellowship, October-November 1992.

Short-Term Fellow, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Washington D.C., December 1991-January 1992.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Long-Term Advanced Research fellowship, 1990-1991.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program fellowship, 1990-1991.

Fox Fellowship, Yale University research exchange with Moscow State University, awarded twice (spring 1989 and spring 1992)

Awards and Visiting Positions

Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2014-2015.

Honorary Visiting Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, 2014.

Cummings Foundation Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Memorial Holocaust

Museum, 2013.

Distinguished Editor Award, Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ), conferred at MLA,


Davis Fellow, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University, 2010.

Professeur invité, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, 2009.

Humboldt Fellow (Forschungsstipendium, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung), Berlin, 2006-2007.

Professor honoris causa(pochetnoe zvanie professor) Samara State University, Russia, honorary title awarded 31 May 2002.

Visiting Scholar, Mershon Center for Studies in International Security and Public Policy, Ohio

State University, spring 2000, 2000-2001.

Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (SCASSS), Uppsala, 1996.

Research Scholar, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C., 1994-1995.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, W. Averell Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 1993-94.

Studying Cultural History of Ethnic Minorities in the USSR

Isabelle R. Kaplan, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, talks about her research on non-Slavic minorities in the Soviet Union in an interview to the HSE Look.

Studying History and Nation-Building in Borderlands

Alexandr Voronovici,a second year postdoctoral research fellow at the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, shared his experience of teaching transnational perspective on Soviet history to HSE students.

Russian and French Scholars Present Research on Soviet History at Graduate Seminar

The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at HSE University held a Graduate Student Seminar in Soviet History together with Sciences Po (France) on June 17 – 18, 2019. HSE News Service spoke with participants and instructors of the seminar, which examinedthe impact of WWII on the Soviet Union and surrounding regions, as well as aspects of the Soviet system from Stalin up to the 1980s.

Analysing History through Ego-documents

International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, Higher School of Economics and The Friedrich Ebert Foundation held 'A Memory Revolution’: Soviet History Through the Lens of Personal Documents' in Moscow on 7-8 June, 2017. The conference brought together distinguished historians and sociologists from across the globe. Michael David-Fox, Professor of History, Georgetown University, and Academic Advisor of HSE International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences shares his reflections and considerations on the main topic and discussions at the conference and his own research

A People’s History of War

HSE has hosted the international academic conference ‘Europe, 1945: Liberation, Occupation, Retribution,’ during which historians, sociologists, and culturologists from various countries discussed the social, economic, military, political, and cultural phenomena caused by World War II. In an interview with the HSE News Service, the Director of HSE’s International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, Oleg Budnitskii, discusses the conference, its organizers, and its guests, and also talks about why it is important to study the human dimension of war.