James Mace Ward is
an acting assistant professor of European history at Stanford University.
During summer 2009, he will be affiliated with the Institut für Osteuropäische
Geschichte at the University of Vienna.
teaching at the Stanford Department of History, Ward is also a product of it,
having received his Ph.D. there in June 2008. His dissertation is a political
and intellectual biography of Jozef Tiso (1887–1947), the priest-president of
Slovakia during the Second World War. In support of this research, Ward
received several fellowships, including from the Mellon Foundation, the United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum, the Fulbright-Hayes Program, and the International Research
and Exchanges Board.
examines the intersections between religion, nationalism, and mass violence. His
published work on Tiso includes “‘People Who Deserve It’: Jozef Tiso and the Presidential
Exemption,” in the December 2002 issue of Nationalities Papers. Although
specializing on the history of modern Eastern Europe, Ward is also interested
in exploring collaboration and resistance from a broader, comparative
perspective. His most recent publication accordingly dealt with American
internees in Japanese-occupied Manila during the Second World War (“Legitimate
Collaboration: The Administration of Santo Tomás Internment Camp and Its Histories,
1942–2003,” in the May 2008 issue of Pacific
At present, Ward is
revising his dissertation for publication as a book while developing ideas on a
second project, a history of modern, state-led expropriation in relation to the
social question, broadly defined. Framed
as a journey through time and space down the Danube from Josephist Vienna to
Stalinist Budapest, this monograph would investigate a series of episodes of or
debates about expropriation within a Central European context.