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Dr. Mark Keck-Szajbel

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Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Polenstudien (ZIP)
Academic Research Fellow

Mark Keck-Szajbel is a historian and philologist specializing in twentieth century East Central European cultural history. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with his dissertation on East bloc travel and tourism in late state socialism. His current research focuses on the cultural afterlife of state socialism: more precisely, he is studying the economic, social and cultural remnants of totalitarian systems a generation after its demise. At the university, Mark Keck-Szajbel places particular focus on teaching methods and student mentoring. Recipient of numerous awards—including the Fulbright and several Foreign Language and Area Studies grants—he has studied in a half-dozen countries and regularly takes his students abroad.

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