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Visiting Scholars

Oksana Chabanyuk

CREES Visiting Scholar, 2019-20

Oksana Chabanyuk is an associate professor of architecture at Kharkiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Ukraine. For the 2019-20 academic year she is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan. Her research at CREES and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia will focus on the contribution of American specialists to the development of industry and cities in 1920-30s Eastern Ukraine. Dr. Chabanyuk’s academic interests include standardization and early industrialization in the USSR, influence of foreign specialists, prefabrication in industry and housing, post-socialist housing, social housing, and regeneration of residential areas. She is an architect and received her bachelor’s degree in architecture, MA in urban planning (2000), and PhD at the National University Lviv Polytechnic, Ukraine (2004). Her dissertation was entitled “Regeneration of the Residential Environment of High-rise Housing Areas of the 1970-80s (Lviv Case Study).” She has participated in various international competitions, programs, and workshops including: exchange study at Coventry University, UK (1996); Visiting Teachers Program at the AA School of Architecture, London (2010); visiting researcher at the University of Lisbon, Portugal (2014-15); visiting staff at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (2015); and Lublin University of Technology, Poland (2016-18). Professor Chabanyuk has also participated at international conferences, roundtables and seminars in Germany, Portugal, Austria, Poland, UK, USA, and Ukraine.

Margitta Mätzke

CES Visiting Scholar, 2019-20

Margitta Mätzke is professor of politics and social policy at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria. She earned her PhD in political science from Northwestern University (2005), and was a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, as well as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European Union Center of Excellence at U-M. Her research focuses on decision-making and institutional dynamics in the development of Western welfare states. Her articles are published in the Journal of Policy History, the Journal of Public Policy, Social Policy & Administration, the German-language journal Leviathan, and the Journal of European Social Policy (where she co-edited a special issue on changes in European family policies). During her time at the Center for European Studies, Professor Mätzke will examine institutional development and governance in the Austrian and German health systems in comparative perspective. One project is an article about the institutionalization and governance of public health services in the context of the Austrian health system. She will also collaborate on a book project with Prof. Scott L. Greer from the School of Public Health, comparing institutional developments in the German, English, and United States’ health systems. The project documents increasing amounts of central government intervention, seeking to balance cost, quality, and access as complex systems of stakeholders and autonomous professions face fiscal strain. It asks how and why centralized solutions are deemed more suitable responses to the distributional conflicts that ensue under conditions of permanent austerity.

Karolina Szymaniak

CCPS Visiting Scholar, 2019-20

Karolina Szymaniak is an assistant professor of Jewish studies at the University of Wrocław and Research Fellow at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Her research interests range across modern Yiddish literature, Polish-Jewish cultural relations, politics of memory, theories of modernism and of the avant-garde. In addition to having taught Yiddish language and culture throughout Poland and Europe, she has also served as a consultant for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Museum of Modern Art in Łódz.

Prof. Szymaniak's book on the Polish-Yiddish modernist writer Debora Vogel was published in 2006 in Poland. She co-edited: Warszawska awangarda jidysz (Warsaw Yiddish Avant-garde); Dialog poetów (Dialogue of Poets); Montages: Debora Vogel and the New City Legend; and Moja dzika koza: Antologia poetek jidysz (My Wild Goat: Anthology of Women Yiddish Poets). She is the editor of Rachel Auerbach's ghetto writings, which received the 2016 Polityka History Award for the best edition of sources.

During her stay at U-M, Professor Szymaniak will be a fellow with the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies working on the project, “A Little Something in Yiddish? Entangled Histories of Yiddish Polish Cultural Contacts in the First Half of the 20th Century (up to 1948).”