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Memoir

Roman Szporluk
Regents' Proceedings 263

Roman Szporluk, professor of history, will retire from active faculty status on June 30, 1991. An active and productive scholar of international renown, upon his retirement he will assume an appointment as professor of history at Harvard University.

Professor Szporluk received his Master of Law degree from the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University School of Law in Lublin, Poland, in 1955. He was awarded his Bachelor of Letters degree in social studies in 1961 from Oxford University and his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1965. Professor Szporluk joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of history in 1965; he was promoted to associate professor in 1970 and professor in 1975. In his long and productive service to the University, he served as director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies and associate chair of the Department of History. He has also served on the advisory council of the Committee on East Europe, ACLS-SSRC, and has been a member of the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Professor Szporluk has written or edited six books on Russian and East European history. He is best known for his distinguished contributions to the study of ethnicity and nationalism, although he has made distinguished contributions as well to the intellectual history of Russia and East Europe. In 1988, Oxford University Press published his most recent volume, Communism and Nationalism: Karl Marx versus Friedrich List. The Department of History and the University have lost a distinguished historian in the departure of Roman Szporluk.

The Regents now salute this distinguished historian for his dedication by naming Roman Szporluk Professor Emeritus of History.