Tomas Balkelis

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Dr. Tomas Balkelis is a visiting scholar at the Center for Russian and East European Studies at Stanford University. During the last two years, he led a Lithuanian Research Council funded team of historians based at Vilnius University working on the international project 'Population Displacement in Lithuania in the 20th century' which focused on forced population transfers, refugee identities and displacement experiences between the Great War and the end of the Cold War.

During 2009-2013, he was a European Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin. He is the author of The Making of Modern Lithuania (Routledge, 2009). His articles among other journals have been published by Past and Present and Contemporary European History. He has a particular interest in the modern history of Baltics, Russia, and Poland. His research fields include nation-building, national myth-making, population displacement and paramilitary violence.



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