Michael Skalski

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Michael Skalski PhotoPhD Student

Major Field: European History
Konrad Jarausch



BA Rutgers University, 2014
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2016,
MA Thesis: Unequal Friendship: Economy and Society across the Polish-East German Open Border, 1972-1980.

Research Interests

As a Central Europeanist, I am interested in cultural, political, and diplomatic history of the former Eastern Bloc, its relations with the “West,” relations between dictatorship and society, normalization of rule, and socialist integration. My planned dissertation focuses on the successes and failures of internationalism and integration among the Eastern Bloc countries, which I study based on border policy and the lived experience of border crossing, i.e. the social, cultural, and economic practices in borderlands and transnational cooperation between East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia during state socialism.

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