Department of History

Cathleen M. Giustino

Cathleen M. Giustino Mills Carter Professor of History
Thach 333
(334) 844-6630
giustcm@auburn.edu
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Office Hours

  • By appointment

Profile

Cathleen M. Giustino is the Mills Carter Professor of History and a 2017 Carnegie Fellow. She earned her PhD in Modern Central European History from the University of Chicago and her BA in History and Germanistik from Grinnell College.

Dr. Giustino's specialization is the history of the politics of art, architecture, design and display in modern Central and Eastern Europe. She teaches courses on the history of Germany, Eastern Europe, and Russia during the modern period, especially the 20th-century, giving special attention to methodology for the study of cultural politics and state-society relations. Her teaching awards include the College of Liberal Arts Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Humanities, the Panhellenic Outstanding Professor Award, and the Favorite Educator Award from the Mortar Board National Senior Honorary.

She is the author of Tearing Down Prague's Jewish Town: Ghetto Clearance and the Legacy of Middle-Class Ethnic Politics around 1900, a study of the local politics of architecture and urban design in Prague around 1900. She co-edited, along with Catherine Plum and Alexander Vari, Socialist Escapes: Breaks from Ideology and the Everyday in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989, a volume exploring Communist Party efforts to engineer society through leisure and consumption.

Among her published articles are "Rodin in Prague: Modern Art, Cultural Diplomacy and National Display" which appeared in Slavic Review; and "Socialist Industrial Design and the Czechoslovak Pavilion at EXPO '58" published in the Journal of Contemporary History. Her forthcoming articles include “Pretty Things, Ugly Histories: Decorating with Persecuted People’s Property in Central Bohemia, 1938-1958,” in The Things They Carried: War, Mobility and Material Culture, co-edited by Leora Auslander and Tara Zahra.

Dr. Giustino has held research awards from Fulbright, the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research Exchange Board, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Philosophical Society, and the TEMA Erasmus Mundus European Master’s Programme, for which she served as a Visiting Professor at the Charles University in Prague.

Currently she holds a 2017 Carnegie Fellowship to work on her book-length manuscript examining the persistent history of racism and ethnic hatred in Central and Eastern Europe through the tracing of art, architecture, and antiques seized from groups targeted for annihilation, expulsion, and social levelling in Czechoslovakia during and after the bloody Second World War, including material objects that became part of heritage collections still visited today.

Education

  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • BA, Grinnell College

Representative Publications

Books

  • Socialist Escapes: Breaks from Ideology and Everyday Life in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989 (Berghahn Books, 2013)
  • Tearing Down Prague's Jewish Town: Ghetto Clearance and the Legacy of Middle-Class Ethnic Politics around 1900 (East European Monographs, 2004)

Articles

  • “Pretty Things, Ugly Histories: Decorating with Persecuted People’s Property in Central Bohemia, 1938-1958,” eds. Leora Auslander and Tara Zahra, The Things They Carried: War, Mobility and Material Culture (Cornell: Cornell University Press, forthcoming).
  • “Simply Child’s Play? Toys, Ideology and the Avant-Garde in Socialist Czechoslovakia before 1968,” ed. Megan Brandow-Faller, Childhood by Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700-Present (New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming).
  • “Ein Roman als Ausstellungsparcours in der sozialistischen Tschechoslowakei: Fiktion, Wirklichkeit und Interieurs im Großmuttertal,” Wohnen Zeigen, eds. Irene Nierhaus and Andreas Nierhaus (Vienna: Transcript, 2014): 287-302.
  • “Czech Heritage since 1945,” eds., Thomas Gensheimer and Celeste Guichard, World Heritage and National Registers in Context (New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2014) 197-208.
  • “Open Gates and Wandering Minds: Codes, Castles, and Chateaux in Socialist Czechoslovakia before 1960,” eds. Cathleen Giustino, Catherine Plum and Alexander Vari, Socialist Escapes: Breaks from Ideology and Everyday Routines in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989 (Berghahn Press, 2013): 48-73.
  • “Industrial Design and the Czechoslovak Pavilion at EXPO ’58: Artistic Autonomy, Party Control and Cold War Common Ground,” Journal of Contemporary History, 47, no. 1 (January 2012): 185-212.
  • “Otevřené brany k nostalgii: Zdeněk Wirth i Ratibořice,” Zdeněk Wirth pohledem dnešní doby, eds. Jiří Roháček and Kristina Uhlíková (Artefactum: Prague, 2011), 253-272.
  • “Rodin in Prague: Modern Art, Cultural Diplomacy, and International Display,” Slavic Review, 69, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 591-619.
  • “Persistent Anti-Jewish Hostility and Modern Technologies: The Entanglement of Old and New and the Radicalization of Politics in Prague around 1900,” Reflexions Historique/Historical Reflections 31, no. 3(Fall 2005): 1-22.
  • "Municipal Activism in Late-Nineteenth-Century Prague: The House Numbered 207-V and Ghetto Clearance," Austrian History Yearbook 34(2003): 247-278.

Last Updated: August 22, 2017