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Professor of East European History, University of Chicago, Illinois

Berthold Leibinger Fellow - Class of Fall 2013

Tara Zahra, a professor of history at the University of Chicago, is interested in comparative approaches to modern European history, with a particular focus on migration and displacement, nationalism, gender and the family, international humanitarianism, and human rights. While her research concentrates on Eastern and Central Europe, she also looks to Germany, France, and the United States as she integrates Eastern Europe into broader histories of Europe and the world. Zahra holds degrees from Swarthmore College (BA, 1998) and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2005), and has received fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Zahra’s first book, Kidnapped Souls: National Indifference and the Battle for Children in the Bohemian Lands, 1900-1948 (Cornell, 2008), received several awards, including the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European History and the Hans Rosenberg Prize. Her second book, The Lost Children: Reconstructing Europe’s Families after World War II (Harvard, 2011), was awarded the 2012 George Louis Beer Prize in European International History by the American Historical Association, and the Radomir Luza Prize of the Austrian Cultural Forum.


In 2014, Zahra received a MacArthur Genius Grant.

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