Professor Michael David-Fox Selected as 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for Regional Russian Studies

Dr. Michael David-Fox, Professor of History at Georgetown University, was selected as a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was chosen as one of the fellowship awardees from a group of over 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 93rd competition.

David-Fox is a historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union, and his work predominantly explores cultural and political history as well as transnational studies and modernity theory. He is the author of three books as well as 9 edited volumes, 12 edited special theme issues of journals, and over 45 chapters and articles. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

David-Fox’s Guggenheim Project, “Smolensk under Nazi and Soviet Rule,” is a study of the exercise of power in a Russian region under Stalinism and the German occupation during WWII. Aiming squarely at the place where regional history meets the grand narrative, it cross-fertilizes three rapidly evolving fields: the study of Stalinism, German occupation on the Eastern Front during World War II, and the Holocaust.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $350 million in fellowships since its inauguration in 1925. Past fellows have included Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureates, and winners of other internationally recognized honors. This year’s Fellows were appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.

“Michael David-Fox is a brilliant scholar whose research has significantly advanced our understanding of a critical time in world history. We are honored to have him as a leader in our Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and thrilled about his Guggenheim Fellowship,” said Anthony Clark Arend, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs in the SFS.