Sarah Kent

Sarah Kent

Title: Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., Indiana University
Indiana University
B.A., Connecticut College


HIST 107 - Early Modern European History
HIST 108 - Modern Europe since 1815
HIST 120 - European Ethnic Groups
HIST 257 - Europe since 1500
HIST 329 - Yugoslavia
HIST 337 - Russian History and Civilization
HIST 338 - Soviet Union
HIST 340 - The Twentieth Century
HIST 341 - Topics in Russian History

HIST 393 - The Holocaust
HIST 489 - Colloquium on World War I

Select Publications

  • Franz Josef in Zagreb: Croatian Politics, Society, and Culture at the End of the Nineteenth Century (in preparation)
  • “State Ritual and Ritual Parody: Croatian Student Protest and the Faltering of Celebrity Monarchy at the End of the Nineteenth Century,” book chapter in The Limits of Loyalty: Imperial Symbolism, Popular Allegiances, and State Patriotism in the Late Habsburg Monarchy
  • General Yugoslav Editor and author of encyclopedia articles on “Eugen Kvaternik,” “Emigration from Croatia,” and “Sabor” for The Encyclopedia of Modern East Europe (Garland Press, 2000)
  • “Bosnia,” Faces (a children’s cultural geography magazine), April 1999
  • “Writing the Yugoslav Wars: English-Language Books on Bosnia (1992-1996) and the Challenges of Analyzing Contemporary History,” American Historical Review, vol. 102, no. 4 (October 1997), pp. 1085-1114
  • "Croatia," Encyclopedia Americana, 1993
  • "Europe's New Independent States: A Reader's Guide to Croatia" (with Lawrence D. Orton), Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., 1992
  • "Hrvatski odvjetnici i politika profesije: Dilema profesionalizacije 1884-1894" [Croatian Attorneys and the Politics of Profession: The Dilemma of Professionalization, 1884-1894], Historijski zbornik, LIII:1, pp. 249-269

Recent Conference Participation

  • Comment on "Croatian Light Musical Theater in the Southern Slavic Lands of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1860-1918" and "The Ottoman Empire and Its Legacy in East-Central Europe and the Balkans," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2007)
  • "The Forestry and Agricultural Jubilee Exhibition in Zagreb in 1891." invited paper for symposium on "Exhibiting the Nation," University of Texas, Austin, Texas (October 2007)
  • "Yugoslavia 101" and "Children, Art, and the Holocaust," Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian (CREECA) K-12 Teacher Workshop, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (June 2007)
  • "The Bolshevik Revolution," History Teachers' Alliance, UW-Marathon County, Wausau, Wisconsin (November 2006)
  • "Eastern Europe and the Cold War," History Teachers' Alliance, UW-Marathon County (April 2003)
  • Chair for "Jews in Interwar Hungary," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, D.C. (November 2006)
  • Participant in "Nationalism and Music" roundtable, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 36" National Convention, Boston, Massachusetts (December 2004)
  • Comment on "Young Slovene Scholars," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 36th National Convention, Boston, Massachusetts (December 2004)
  • Chair, panel on the Ottoman/Habsburg borderlands, at the National Convention of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C. (January 2004)
  • “State Ritual, Ritual Parody: Croatian Student Protests in 1895 and the Faltering of Celebrity Monarchy,” presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 34th National Convention, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (November 2002)

International and National Service

  • Reader, National Resource Center Applications for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, Department of Education, Washington, D.C. (January 2003)
  • Participant in Briefing of Ambassador McElhaney, U.S. Ambassador to Sarajevo, Bosnia, in Washington, D.C. (August 2004)
  • Participant in Briefing of Ambassador Franks, U.S. Ambassador to Zagreb, Croatia, in Washington, D.C. (May 2003)
  • "Croatian Nationalism," two-hour lecture at the Foreign Service Institute, Washington, D.C. (April 5, 2000)
  • Executive Secretary of the Provisional Election Commission, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Hercegovina (1997)

 Select Fellowships and Grants

  • UPDC Grant to Study Italian in Siena, summer 2006
  • Participant, Holocaust Education Foundation’s Seminar at Northwestern University, summer 2002.
  • UPDC Grant to attend Holocaust Education Foundation’s Study-Tour in Poland and Czech Republic, summer 2001
  • Research Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., summer 1999
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1994-95
  • Researcher, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Budapest, Hungary, and Zagreb, Yugoslavia, 1989-90
  • Researcher, IREX, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, summer 1988
  • ACLS/JCEE Dissertation Write-up, Bloomington, Indiana, 1986-87
  • Fulbright Junior Researcher, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, 1982-84
  • National Defense Educational Act Grant for Serbo-Croatian, Bloomington, Indiana, 1980-81


  • Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian — very good
  • German — good reading knowledge
  • French — reading knowledge
  • Russian — reading knowledge
  • Italian — basic reading knowledge
  • Slovene — basic
  • Hungarian — basic

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
  • Croatian Studies Association (ACS)
  • Hungarian Studies Association (HSA)
  • Slovene Studies Association (SSLOVS)
  • Southeast European Studies Association (SEESA)
  • Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (ΦBK)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ​


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