Indiana University faculty recognized for contributions to Russian, Czech studies

Alexander Rabinowitch, professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Bloomington, has been selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Contributions award from the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Alexander Rabinowitch

Alexander Rabinowitch

The award will be presented Friday at the association’s 47th annual convention in Philadelphia.

“No historian has done more than professor Alexander Rabinowitch to demythologize the history of the Russian Revolution, one of the most important events of the 20th century,’ the association said in announcing the award. It cited Rabinowitch’s “inspiring teaching, mentoring and tireless administrative work to advance the study of Russia and the USSR.”

Also, Owen Johnson, associate professor emeritus of journalism at IU Bloomington, will receive the Stanley B. Winters Award for distinguished contributions to the field of Czechoslovak studies. The award is given periodically by the Czechoslovak Studies Association to recognize members for their work for the organization and the field as a whole. It will be presented Friday during the association’s meeting.

Rabinowitch is the third Indiana University faculty member to receive the association’s Distinguished Contributions Award, given annually since 1971 for lifetime achievements in the field. IU professors Barbara and Charles Jelavich received the award jointly in 1992.

Also receiving the award this year is Archie Brown, professor emeritus of politics at the University of Oxford, who is credited with reshaping the study of Soviet and Russian domestic politics in the English-speaking world.

Rabinowitch is the author of three highly influential books: “Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the July 1917 Uprising,” “The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd” and “The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd.” The books received international acclaim and have been translated into multiple language. He is working on a fourth book, which will extend the story to 1919-20.

Owen Johnson

Owen Johnson

“The Bolsheviks Come to Power” was the first Western study of the October Revolution to be published in Russian. In 2013, Rabinowitch was honored as an affiliated research scholar of the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He taught at IU from 1968 until 1999, introducing generations of students to the study of Soviet history and society. He directed IU’s highly regarded Russian and East European Institute from 1975 to 1984 and served for many years as the IU representative to the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Johnson is a journalism historian whose work has focused on journalism in Central and East European societies and selected topics in U.S. journalism history.

He is co-author of “Eastern European Journalism: Past, Present and Future,” author of “Slovakia 1918-1938: Education and the Making of a Nation” and editor of the recently released “At Home With Ernie Pyle,” published this month by IU Press.

He taught at Indiana University from 1980 to 2014 and served as director of the Russian and East European Institute and acting director of the Polish Studies Institute.

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