Eugene Smelyansky (History Ph.D., 2015)
Department: HistoryPost Date: August 24, 2020
Eugene Smelyansky (History Ph.D., 2015) is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program at Washington State University. He teaches The Roots of Contemporary Issues, a world history course required of all students at WSU. It is built around exploring the historical context of key issues in the modern-day world, in addition to developing students’ research and information literacy skills. Eugene’s forthcoming monograph, Heresy, and Citizenship: Persecution of Heresy in Late Medieval German Cities (Routledge, 2020) explores the social and political meanings heresy and its persecution acquired in urban communities of late medieval Central Europe. It examines the role of the exclusion of religiously and socially deviant groups played in the development of urban governments, and the rise of ideologies of good citizenship and the common good. Building on his interests in medieval persecution and intolerance, he edited a collection of historical documents, The Intolerant Middle Ages: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2020). The readings in this volume cover attitudes towards and mistreatment of religious minorities, women, people with disabilities, and LGBT+ individuals throughout the European Middle Ages.
Heresy, and Citizenship: Persecution of Heresy in Late Medieval German Cities (Routledge, 2020)
The Intolerant Middle Ages: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2020)