Fichter, Madigan


Associate Professor

PhD: New York University
MA: New York University
BA: Columbia University

Courses Taught

Global History to 500 CE
Global History 500-1700 CE
Social Movements in History.
The Imperial Capital: Fin de siècle Culture, Politics, and Power
Cold War Film
World War II

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

My approach to teaching and research are complementary and informed by each other. In both areas, I frame the history of the world as rich in transnational and global linkages and view the discipline as providing important context for present-day discourses and dilemmas.

My classroom goals are therefore to encourage students to think across traditional geographical and disciplinary boundaries and to enable them to connect historical events to today’s world by learning how to interpret primary sources and evaluate historical arguments.

Recent Presentations/Publications

“Yugoslav Protest: Student Rebellion in Belgrade, Zagreb, and Sarajevo in 1968,” Slavic Review, 75, no. 1 (2016).

"Student Activists and Yugoslavia’s Islamic Revival: Sarajevo, 1970-1975,” in Juliane Furst and Josie Mclellan (eds.), Dropping Out of Socialism: Alternative Spheres in Socialist Societies (New York, 2017).

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Nation: Counterculture and Dissent in Romania, 1965-1975,” Nationalities Papers 39, no. 4 (2011): 567-585.

Awards and Honors

2014 Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research: Ernst Mach Scholarship

2013 Council of American Overseas Research Centers: Postdoctoral Fellowship

2012-2013 Doris G. Quinn Foundation: The Doris Quinn Dissertation Fellowship

2012 Remarque Institute: Dissertation Fellowship

2011-2012 Mellon Foundation: Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities

2010-2011 American Council of Learned Societies: Dissertation Grant in East European Studies

2008 Remarque Institute Summer Research Grant

2005 Romanian Ministry of Education: Scholarship for Summer Language Study

2004-2005 Fulbright Foundation: Junior Scholar to Romania

2004 Romanian Ministry of Education: Scholarship for Summer Language Study

Additional Info

My research focuses on modern Eastern Europe and the Balkans, with a particular emphasis on Romania and Yugoslavia. I am currently finishing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Balkan Underground: Counterculture and Student Rebellion in Southeastern Europe, 1965-1975.

Here I explore the rich history of unofficial, oppositional youth politics and alternative culture that developed across the socialist Balkans in the 1960s and early 1970s. My central thesis is that Balkan youth were members of the era’s global student movement, even as local frustrations and traditions strongly shaped youthful nonconformity. Thus, while sharing the major features and preoccupations of their Western counterparts, from the Vietnam War to student rights, the Balkan student movements critiqued authoritarian socialism, and incorporated traditional peasant designs into their hippie garb. Young people also embraced Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, and nationalist identities, in addition to the more commonly studied New Left and apolitical hedonism.

My book project is part of an overall interest in working to counteract a discourse of a primitive and quasi-European Balkans, while more firmly positioning the Balkans as part of European—and global—history.

Fichter, Madigan
Office: 310 HFH
Phone: (267) 341-3033 Ext. 3033