History Department
History Department

Tatjana Lichtenstein named recipient of Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award

Thu, July 17, 2014
Prof. Tatjana Lichtenstein. Photo by Dr. Robert H. Abzug.
Prof. Tatjana Lichtenstein. Photo by Dr. Robert H. Abzug.

Tatjana Lichtenstein was named a recipient of the Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award, a prize that recognizes junior faculty in the College of Liberal Arts who exemplify outstanding teaching, this past April. Dr. Lichtenstein is Assistant Professor of Modern European History, and a faculty affiliate in the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Russian, East European, ad Eurasian Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in History at the University of Toronto, in 2009, and, since arriving at UT in 2009, has won numerous awards and fellowships, including a fellowship in 2012-13 at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Prof. Lichtenstein's book on Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia will be published by Indiana University Press in 2015.  It examines how Zionists used Jewish nationalism as a vehicle for Jews’ integration in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s and 30s.  Her research interests include twentieth century Eastern European history with a focus on nationalism, minorities and state-building, and relations between Jews and non-Jews.

In 2012, she led an undergraduate Maymester seminar in Prague entitled "Uncovering Jewish Prague, Past and Present," and, in 2014, she joined the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program on World War II with her course “Poland and the Second World War.” Her undergraduate courses during the regular academic year include:

•    “World War II in Eastern Europe”
•    “Nations and Nationalism in Eastern Europe”
•    “Jews of Eastern Europe”
•    “Introduction to the Holocaust”

This fall she will teach two undergraduate History courses: “World War II in Eastern Europe” and “Jews of Eastern Europe.”

Established in 2002, the Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award provides an honorarium to each recipient. The award was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 19, 2002, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Raymund A. Paredes, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas, a 1973 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mrs. Josefina Paredes.

“Please join with me,” wrote Professor and Chair of History Alan Tully this past April, “in congratulating Tatjana for her success in rising to the top among many very conscientious and talented young classroom teachers.”

Read more:

“Liberal Arts Faculty Receive Teaching Awards, Fellowships,” from COLA Public Affairs, April 18

View Prof. Lichtenstein’s faculty profile:

Dr. Lichtenstein’s teaching statement from The Society for Teaching Excellence site, from the School of Undergraduate Studies:

Prof. Lichtenstein’s biographical statement, from Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society page:

Dr. Lichtenstein’s research profile on Academia.edu:

Review of “Everyday Crimes: The Shop on Main Street” (1965), on Not Even Past

Review of “The Snows of Yesteryear by Gregor Von Rezzori” (2008), on Not Even Past

The Normandy Scholar Program on World War II, on Not Even Past

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