My name is Shawn Clybor (Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2010). I am a teacher and academic who specializes in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. My research centers on Czechoslovakia (I am fluent in Czech) but I also have a strong background in the history of Germany, Austria, Poland, and Slovakia.
I am interested in radical political ideologies and the efforts of their adherents to legitimize political violence, including such movements such fascism, Nazism, communism, and nationalism more broadly. My dissertation (and current manuscript) analyzes the political activism of the Czech modernist avant-garde, and its relationship to the Czechoslovak Communist Party. More recently my work has focused on complaints, humor, and satire in the communist and post-communist eras. My research has received support from the US Department of Education (Fulbright Hays Research Fellowship), the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum in Miami, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the Graduate School at Northwestern University.
I have taught a broad range of courses at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, including introductory courses on World and “Western” history, and upper-level surveys of Modern Germany, Eastern Europe, Antisemitism, and Nationalism. I am currently a cultural historian at a boarding school on Long Island, although the ideas and images posted here are my own, and do not reflect the values, beliefs, or opinions of any institution or organization.
In the rare moment when I am not working or teaching, I am usually traveling, attending concerts, or mountain biking. My favorite television programs include Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Battlestar Galactica. I occasionally plays video games, when I have some spare time to enjoy them. My favorite authors include Stanislaw Lem, Gunter Grass, and Franz Kafka. I am a fan of graphic novels. I used to play Dungeons and Dragons. Yes, I am a nerd.