Thursday, July 28, 2022

Maria Todorova to Receive 2022 Distinguished Contributions Award

At our annual convention, ASEEES will present the 2022 Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Award to Maria Todorova, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Maria Todorova is arguably the foremost historian of southeastern Europe in the world today. Her identification and explication of “Balkanism” transformed the field, creating a new paradigm for the study of the region. Her reputation as a demanding but generous mentor, along with her contributions to institution building, helped position the University of Illinois as a destination for Southeast European research. She is a tireless fighter for the advancement of our field, always insisting on high standards and extolling principled stances against revisionist accounts of and from the region. She is among the select group of scholars who have transformed and expanded our field—with her scholarship, through the nurturing and training of young talent, by expanding our institutional footprint, and as an ambassador to the broader public. ASEEES is proud to join the long list of institutions recognizing her amazing contributions.

To read the complete citation of Todorova’s accomplishments, click here.

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