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James Ward
2004-2005 Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow

"No Saint: The Life and Lives of Jozef Tiso, 1887-2004"

Professional Background

Mr. James Ward earned an M.A. in international studies from the University of Washington, a second M.A. in history from Stanford University, and a B.A. in geography from the University of Kansas. During his fellowship at the Museum, he was a Ph.D. candidate in history at Stanford University. For his Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research, Mr. Ward conducted research for his project “No Saint: The Life and Lives of Jozef Tiso, 1887-2004.”

Mr. Ward is the author of “‘People who Deserve It’: Jozef Tiso and the Presidential Exemption” in Nationalities Papers (vol. 30, no. 4, 2002), which won the Slovak-American International Cultural Foundation Prize for the best graduate student essay and special mention in the Stanley Z. Pech Prize for best article published in 2001-2002 on Czech or Slovak history, and “Black Monks’: Jozef Tiso and Anti-semitism” in Kosmas (vol. 14, no. 1, 2000). He is the recipient of several grants including a Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and an International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Inidividual Research Opportunities Grant. Mr. Ward has taught in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Thailand.

Fellowship Research

During his tenure at the Center, Mr. Ward examined the history and historiography of Jozef Tiso, the Catholic priest and leader of Slovakia during the Holocaust who collaborated with the Nazi leaders. He focused on Tiso’s contradictory life and the debates surrounding his legacy.

Mr. Ward was in residence at the Mandel Center from September 1 to November 30, 2005.