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HURI (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute)
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Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, nations and nationalism, commemorations, tourism, Carpathian Mountains
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I am best on background (I'm a historian, after all!) but can try to comment on contemporary developments in my fields of expertise

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About Me

Patrice M. Dabrowski is a historian with degrees from Harvard University (A.B., A.M. and PhD) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D.).  She has taught at Harvard, Brown, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and recently finished a three-year stint at the Doktoratskolleg Galizien at the University of Vienna. Dabrowski served as Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute from 2009 to 2011. She was a member of the board of the Polish Studies Association from 2005 to 2008 and again from 2011 to 2015. Dabrowski is currently an Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, member of the Board of Directors of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA), and editor of H-Poland.  Grants and postdoctoral fellowships held include Fulbrights in Poland and Ukraine, an IREX in Poland, a Eugene and Daymel Shklar Fellowship at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and a Senior Grant (Thesaurus Poloniae Fellowship Program) at the International Cultural Center in Cracow, Poland.  Dabrowski is the author of three books:  The Carpathians:  Discovering the Highlands of Poland and Ukraine (2021), Poland:  The First Thousand Years (2014; paperback edition, 2017) and Commemorations and the Shaping of Modern Poland (2004). Several of her articles have garnered awards.  In 2014 she was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. In 2021 she was awarded the Mary Zirin Prize from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

Recent Publications


The Carpathians:  Discovering the Highlands of Poland and Ukraine (Ithaca and London:  Northern Illinois University Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2021).

Poland:  The First Thousand Years (DeKalb:  Northern Illinois University Press, 2014).  Paperback edition, 2016.

Commemorations and the Shaping of Modern Poland (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2004).

Select book chapters:

“Uses and Abuses of the Past” (coauthored with Stefan Troebst), The Routledge History of East Central Europe Since 1700, ed. Irina Livezeanu and Arpád von Klimó (London and New York:  Routledge, 2017), 465-506.

 “Borderland Encounters in the Carpathian Mountains and Their Impact on Identity Formation,” in Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Empires, ed. Omer Bartov and Eric D. Weitz (Bloomington and Indianapolis:  Indiana University Press, 2013), 193-208.

Select Articles:

“Hutsul Art or ‘Hutsul Art’?  Ukrainians, Poles, and the ‘Discovery’ of the Hutsul Kilim in the Interwar Period,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies50 (2016): 1-19.

“’Equal to the Kings’? Viewing Wawel Burials of the Interwar Period,” Centropa 12, no. 1 (January 2012):  4-19.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Poland (and, to a lesser extent, Ukraine)--also Central Europe more broadly
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic