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Joanna B. Michlic was a professor of Polish-Jewish history at Lehigh University, where she served as an associate professor in history and chair of Holocaust and Ethical Values Studies. Michlic received her bachelor's degree from the University of Łódź, and her master's degree from the University of London.
In 2013, she joined the faculty of Bristol University. She is a social and cultural historian, and founder and Director of HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University. She teaches history at Bristol University. She received her doctorate and her master's degree in modern European and Jewish history from University of London, and her bachelor's degree in Slavonic studies at the University of Lodz, Poland. Until December 2008, she was associate professor of history and chair of the Holocaust and Ethical Values at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. The focus of her research is on the social and cultural history of eastern European Jews, with a special emphasis on childhood experiences and individual and collective memories of the Holocaust. Her major publications include Neighbors Respond: The Controversy about Jedwabne (2004; co-edited with Antony Polonsky), Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present, and Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, co-edited with John-Paul Himka (Lincoln, NUP, 2012), and Jewish Family, 1939-Present: History, Memory and Representation (forthcoming January 2017, NEUP) She is a recipient of many prestigious academic awards and fellowships, among others the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Haifa University, Spring Semester 2013/2014, Sharon Abramson Research Grant for the Study of the Holocaust, Holocaust Educational Trust of Northwestern University, 2015/2016, a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Warsaw, June–July 2016, and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Collective violence, Holocaust and Genocide, London, 2016-2018.
- Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present, 2006, ISBN 0-8032-3240-3
- Neighbors Respond: The Controversy about Jedwabne (with Antony Polonsky), 2003, ISBN 0-691-11306-8
- The Polish Debate about the Jedwabne Massacre
- Bringing the Dark Past to Light. The Memory of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, 2013, co-edited with John-Paul Himka, Nebraska University Press
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