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R. Chris Davis
Lone Star College - Kingwood
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-Romania
Review Editor for H-Romania
Reviewer for H-Socialisms
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Eastern Europe History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
European History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
Nationalism History / Studies
Political History / Studies
Russian or Soviet History / Studies
Social History / Studies
World History / Studies
I am a native Texan, born in Houston and raised in Humble. I earned a BA in English from the University of St Thomas, then served two years in the Peace Corps in Romania. After completion of my Peace Corps service, I studied at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, where I earned an MA in Cultural Studies. I continued my graduate work at the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College, where I earned an MSt in Historical Research and a PhD in Modern History. In 2015 I was hired full-time in the History Department at Lone Star College–Kingwood, where I had taught as adjunct faculty for a number of years while a graduate student. Over the years, I have taught Intro to Humanities (HUMA 1301 & 1302), World History (HIST 2321 & 2322), and U.S. History (HIST 1301 & 1302). I have also taught as a visiting lecturer at Romania’s National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, in Bucharest.
My current research interests include the cultures and histories of central and eastern Europe, with a focus on minorities, religion, and historiography. My book, Hungarian Religion, Romanian Blood: A Minority’s Struggle for National Belonging, 1920–45, is under contract with the University of Wisconsin Press. It will be published in summer 2018. My scholarship has been supported by grants and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), among others. I have also worked as a research assistant at the European Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, Univ. of Oxford; a research fellow at both the Centre for Advanced Study (Sofia, Bulgaria) and New Europe College (Bucharest, Romania); and a consultant and editor for a number of research projects and working groups in east central Europe, including the European Network for Research and Cooperation on Roma (Gypsy) Issues.
Since 2013, I have served as the book-reviews editor for H-Romania, an H-Net (Humanities & Social Sciences Online) Network, and as a board member for the Society for Romanian Studies. I am also the vice president of the Humble Museum. In 2016, I was awarded a Chancellors Faculty Technology Innovation Grant to establish the LSC Center for Local & Oral History. In 2017, I was given the Innovator of the Year Award at LSC-Kingwood.