Department of History



Benjamin Zajicek

Assistant Professor of History

PhD University of Chicago, 2009


Office:   LA 4219
Phone:   410-704-2914
Fax:   410-704-5595
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Benjamin Zajicek joined the History Department in 2010. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Chicago for his dissertation, “Scientific Psychiatry in Stalin's Soviet Union: The Politics of Modern Medicine and the Struggle to Define ‘Pavlovian’ Psychiatry, 1939-1953.” His research focuses on the Soviet Union in the Stalin era, particularly the history of professions and the history of psychiatry. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Soviet Psychiatry under Stalin.”

Recent Lectures and Presentations

  • “Hysteria and the Red Army Soldier: Soviet Psychiatrists and the Debate over War Trauma during the Second World War,” American Historical Association (AHA), January 6, 2012.
  • “Defining the "Scientific" in Scientific Medicine: The Creation of the Soviet Academy of Medical Sciences, Pavlov’s Theory of Higher Nervous Activity, and the Case of Psychiatry, 1944-1948,” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), November 13, 2009.

Recent Book Reviews

Awards and Honors

  • Social Sciences Research Council Eurasia Program Dissertation Write-up Fellowship, 2007-2008.
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, US Department of Education, 2005-2006, 2001-2004.
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Grant, US Department of Education, 2004-2005.







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