Jim Satterwhite's CV

Emeritus Professor of History and Political Science

Home Address:   214 N. Spring Street
Bluffton, OH 45817
Phone:                 (419) 358-2954

Marital Status:     Married, no dependents.


University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. PhD, August, 1982 (History of Social Thought in Eastern
Europe - Special Individual PhD Program)

University of Washington. M.A., December, 1975 (East-European Studies)

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. B.A., June, 1969 (Asian Studies)

Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Diploma, 1965 (from Ontario).

Language Study Programs in Prague, Warsaw, Belgrade, Leningrad and Sochi; "Teaching the
Polish Language": Summer Program, University of Maria Curie-Sklodouska(UMCS), Lublin,
Poland - 1979, 1986.

PhD Thesis: "Varieties of Marxist Humanism: Philosophical Revision in Postwar Eastern Europe"

Academic affiliation:

Bluffton College (since 2004, Bluffton University), Bluffton, Ohio: Department of History and Political Science;
Assistant Professor, 9/84 - 8/87; Associate Professor, 9/87 - 8/95; Professor, 9/95 - 2007, 5 2010 was awarded faculty emeritus

University of Washington
School of International Studies:
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Autumn, 1982 - Spring, 1983;
Teaching Assistant: "Marxism in Modern Intellectual History", Spring, 1980
Program in Social Theory and Ideology:
Teaching Associate, 1978/79 Academic Year: (Fall) Methodology;
(Wtr) History of Modern French Social Thought; (Spr) History of
Modern German Social Thought.

College of Agriculture, Lublin, Poland: Instructor, English Language: January, 1972 - December, 1973.

Czechoslovak Academy of Agriculture, Prague, Czechoslovakia: English Teacher: October, 1970 - December, 1971.

Teaching areas:

Modern European History; European Intellectual History; East Europe; Russia/Soviet Union; Non-Western (World History, Middle East, Asia, Latin America); Political Science, Philosophy.



Varieties of Marxist Humanism: Philosophical Revision in Postwar Eastern Europe. University of
Pittsburgh Press, October 1992.

Editor and partial translator of volume by Karel Kosík, Crisis of Modernity: Karel Kosík's Essays and Observations from the 1968 Era, in series "Modern Social and Political Thought in East-Central Europe."  Series editors: Lyman Legters, Janos Bak. Project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, November, 1994.


"Karel Kosík - The Philosophy of Man and the Rebirth of Culture in Czechoslovakia, 1956-1968," DenverQuarterly, Winter, 1977.

Article on Leszek Kolakowski, "Main Currents of Marxism" (Glówne Nurty Marksizmu), Philosophy and Social Criticism 8,1, Spring, 1981.

"East-European Marxist Humanism," Praxis International (Oxford) 3,3, October, 1983.

"Marxist Critique and Czechoslovak Reform."  Chapter on Czechoslovakia in The Road to Disillusion: From Critical Marxism to Post-Communism in Eastern Europe, Ray Taras, ed., M.E. Sharpe, Spring, 1992.

Co-authored with Iván Gyurcsik, "The Hungarians in Slovakia," Nationalities Papers 24, 3 (September, 1996).

"Reflections on Change in Vietnam," Asian Thought & Society, XXII, 65 (May-August 1997).

"Forestalling War in Kosovo: Opportunities Missed," in Peace and Change 27, 4 (October 2002); also appearing in revised version as a chapter in Teaching Peace: Nonviolence and the Liberal Arts, J. Denny Weaver and Gerald Biesecker-Mast, eds., Rowman & Littlefield , September 2003.

"Christian Peacemaker Teams as an Alternative to 'Redemptive Violence'," in Peace and Change 31:2 (April 2006); revised version of paper presented at Conference on "Teaching Peace: Nonviolence and the Liberal Arts Curriculum," Bluffton University, May 26-28, 2004. It also appears in Croatian translation in the Bosnian Franciscan journal Bosna Franciscana (XV) 26/2007, under the title "Kršæanski mirotvorni timovi kao alternativa 'otkupiteljskom nasilju'." In addition, it was published in several installments in a Japanese Mennonite journal, Kakehashi. Its first installment was in the April 25, 2008 issue, and the subsequent installments (August and October 2008) carry the remainder of it. The original article is linked to the CPT Web site (www.cpt.org) under "More Writings."


Review of Karel Kosík, Dialectics of the Concrete, in Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Winter, 1977.

Review of Ulrich Beck, Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity, in Social Science Quarterly 75, 1 (March 1994).

Review of Adam Michnik, The Church and the Left. Trans. David Ost. In Slavic Review 54, 3 (Fall 1995).

Review of H. Gordon Skilling, T.G. Masaryk: Against the Current, 1882-1914, in Slavic Review 54, 4 (Winter 1995).

Review of Carol Skalnik Leff, The Czech and Slovak Republics: Nation Versus State, in Europe-Asia Studies8/97.

Review of Philip Longworth, The Making of Eastern Europe: From Prehistory to Postcommunism,  in The Slavic and East-European Journal.  (Summer, 1998).

Review of Timothy Snyder, Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1872-1905) in The Slavic and East-European Journal. (Summer, 1998).

Review of Hugh Poulton and Suha Taji-Farouki, eds., Muslim Identity and the Balkan State, in The Slavic and East-European Journal (Winter, 1998).

Review of Noel Malcolm, Kosovo: A Short History, in The Slavic and East-European Journal (Spring, 1999).

Review of T.A Pavlova, ed., Dolgii Put' Rossiiskogo Patsifizma: Ideal mezhdunarodnogo i vnutrennego mira v religiozno-filosofskoi i obshchestvenno-politicheskoi mysli Rossii [The Long Way of Russian Pacifism: Ideal of International and Inner Peace in Russian Religio-Philosophical & Socio-Political Thought], in Religion in Eastern Europe XIX, 2 (April, 1999).

Review of Carlotta Gall and Thomas de Waal, Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus, Anatol Lieven, Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power; Edgar O'Ballance, Wars in the Caucasus, 1990-1995; Sebastian Smith, Allah's Mountains: Politics and War in the Russian Caucasus, in The Slavic and East-European Journal (Summer, 1999).

Review of David R. Campbell, National Deconstruction: Violence, Identity, and Justice in Bosnia, in The Slavic and East-European Journal  (Fall, 1999).

Review of Branimir Anzulovic. Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide, in The Slavic and East-European Journal. (Spring, 2000).

Review of Robert Thomas. The Politics of Serbia in the 1990s, in The Slavic and East-European Journal. (Fall 2000).

Review of Julie Mertus, Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War, in The Slavic and East-European Journal. (Summer 2000).

Review of Eric D. Gordy, The Culture of Power in Serbia: Nationalism and the Destruction of Alternatives, inThe Slavic and East-European Journal. (Fall 2000).

Review of John B. Dunlop, Russia Confronts Chechnya: Roots of a Separatist Conflict; Ben Fowkes, ed., Russia and Chechnia: The Permanent Crisis; Knezys and Romanas Sedlickas, The War in Chechnya, in The Slavic and East-European Journal. (Winter 2000).

Review of Mladen Lazic, ed. Protest in Belgrade: Winter of Discontent, in The Slavic and East-European Journal (Spring, 2001).

Review of Nebojša Popov, ed. The Road to War in Serbia, in The Slavic and East-European Journal (Fall 2001).

Review of Howard Clark, Civil Resistance in Kosovo, in The Slavic and East-European Journal (Winter, 2001).

Review of Aviezer Tucker, The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patoèka to Havel, inAmerican Historical Review (February 2002)

Review of Jan Tomasz Gross, Sasiedzi: historia zag³ady ¿ydowskiego miasteczka [English version: Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland], in The Slavic and East-European Journal(Spring, 2002).

Review of Edna Schroeder Thiessen and Angela Showalter. A Life Displaced: A Mennonite Woman's Flight from War-Torn Poland., in Mennonite Quarterly Review, April 2001 (2)

Review of Zoltan Barany. The East-European Gypsies: Regime Change, Marginality, and Ethnopolitics, in The Slavic and East-European Journal (Fall, 2002).

Review of Omer Hadziselenovic, At the Gates of the East: British Travel Writers on Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries [Original version:  Na vratima Istoka: engleski putnici o Bosni i Hercegovini od 16. do 20. vijeka], in The Slavic and East-European Journal. 46.3 (Fall, 2002)

Review of Celia Hawkesworth, et. al., eds. Religious Quest and National Identity in the Balkan, forthcoming in The Slavic and East-European Journal 47.1 (Spring, 2003)

Review of Dušan I. Bjelic and Obrad Savic, eds. Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation, in The Slavic and East-European Journal 47.2 (Summer, 2003)

Review of Horia-Roman Patapievici,  Flying Against the Arrow: An Intellectual in Ceausescu's Romania,forthcoming in The Slavic and East-European Journal 48.2 (Summer, 2004),

Review of Peter C. Pozefsky, The Nihilist Imagination: Dmitrii Pisarev and the Cultural Origins of Russian Radicalism (1860-1868), forthcoming in The Slavic and East-European Journal 48.3 (Fall, 2004).

Review of Samuel H. Baron and Cathy A. Frierson, eds., Adventures in Russian Historical Research: Reminiscences of American Scholars from the Cold War to the Present. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2003. Index. xxii + 264 pp. $64.95 (cloth), $24.95 (paper). In Slavic and East European Journal  49:1 (Spring 2005)

Review of Ivan Cvitkovic, Konfesija u ratu (Religious Confessions in Wartime) Sarajevo: Svijetlo rijeci, 2004 in Religion and Eastern Europe XXV,3 (August 2005)


Leszek Kolakowshi, "Dutch Seventeenth-Century Anti-Confessional Ideas and Rational Religion: The Mennonite, Collegiant and Spinozan Connections." (Translation of "Antykonfesjonalny Nurt Mennonicki Wobec Religio Rationalis," in Archiwum Historii Filozofii i Myshi Spolecznej (Warsaw) 9 [1963], pp. 5-67).Mennonite Quarterly Review (July and October, 1990).

Select essays in Kosík, Crisis of Modernity (Translated from Czech originals).

Current Research/Ongoing Projects:

"Ethnic Cleansing" and the Politics of Identity in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Academic Awards:

Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education: Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship, Warsaw, Poland, January, 1989 - November, 1989."

IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board, Princeton, NJ): Exchange Grant, 1989, Warsaw, Poland.

NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Stanford University, on "Major Controversies in Soviet History." Summer, 1985 (Seminar paper on "The Role of Ideology in the Soviet Union").

Research Fellowship, University of Washington - Warsaw University Exchange, Spring, 1983, Warsaw.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, U.S. Office of Education: 1975/76 - Polish; 1976/77 - Polish; 1977/78 - Serbo-Croatian.

Faculty Development Grant from Bluffton College to attend CIEE Faculty Development Seminar in Vietnam, January 1992, on "Understanding Vietnam's Historical Perspectives." (Seminar paper entitled "Reflections on Change in Vietnam.")

NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, University of Maryland, on "Democracy and Ethnic Conflict in East Europe," 1994.

Professional Activities:

Chair of panel at the 2007 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on "EU State-Building Strategies in the Western Balkans"; Discussant on panel "The Legacy of Conflict and Responsibility in Serbia."

Chair of panel at the 2006 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on "East and West in the Hall of Mirrors: National Identity in Central Europe and the Balkans."

Discussant on panel "Xenophobia and Party Politics" at the 2005 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

Presented paper on "Christian Peacemaker Teams as an Alternative to "Redemptive Violence" atConference on "Teaching Peace: Nonviolence and the Liberal Arts Curriculum," Bluffton College, May 26-28, 2004

Chair of panel at the 2004 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on "Hungary and Hungarians: Europe, Region, and Self-Definition," Discussant on panel "Perspectives on Bosnia-Herzegovina."

Chair of panel at the 2003 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on "Islam and Politics in Afghanistan and Pakistan," Discussant on panel "Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism."

Chair of panel at the 2002 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on "Inter-Ethnic and Intra-Ethnic Relations Across State Borders: Hungarians and Their Neighbors." Discussant on panel "Thinking Past the Nation across Former Yugoslavia."

Presented paper on "Forestalling War in Kosovo: Opportunities Missed,", as part of panel on "Unarmed Peacekeeping: New Models for Dealing With and Preventing Violent Crises — Case Study: Kosovo," at the conference on "Re-imagining Politics and Society at the Millennium," Riverside Church, New York City, May 18-20, 2000.

Chair of panel at the 2000 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on "Hungarians, Slovaks, and Minority Identities."

Discussant and acting chair on panel at the 1999 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on "Hungarian Minority Politics in Slovakia."

Participated on panel at the 1998 National Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on "Democracy and Nationalism in Slovakia."

Participated on panel at the 1997 National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies on "Hungary and Hungarian Minorities in Neighboring States."

Presented paper at the Second Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (Ex-USSR and Eastern Europe) on "North Caucasus Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Era: Ethnicity, Territory and Government."

Presented paper at the First Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (Ex-USSR and Eastern Europe) on "'Ethnic Cleansing' and the Politics of Identity in Bosnia-Herzegovina," as part of a panel on "Ethnic Cleansing: Redefining the Boundaries of National Identities."

Participated in NSF Short Course on "Nationalism," San Fransisco State University, May 11-13, 1995. Directed by Prof. Leah Greenfeld, Boston University.

Commentator at the conference on "Religious Freedom/Human Rights: Unitarians and Transylvania," University of Toledo, October 3-6, 1990, on panel "The Prospects for Human Rights."

Commentator at the Oscar Jaszi Memorial Conference: "Nationalism, Minorities and the Quest for Political Order in Eastern Europe," Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, on panel "Ethnic Diversity and Socialist Solutions." November, 1985.

Negotiated academic exchange program between Bluffton College and the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland, and went with the first student group in Spring, 1991. I was responsible for coordinating this exchange through its end in 2002. Led student tours to the Soviet Union several times, and worked for a consortium of U.S. publishers at the Moscow International Book Fair, in 1987, 1989, and 1991.

Participated in a Faculty Development Seminar in Vietnam, January 5-18, 1992 on "Understanding Vietnam's Historical Perspectives," sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), New York.

Served as an observer through Christian Peacemaker Teams [CPT] in Chechnya in Spring and Summer, 1996; worked with Balkan Peace Team in former Yugoslavia in Summer, 1997, on Kosovo-related issues. Served as a human-rights monitor with CPT in Hebron, West Bank (Palestine) in the summers of 1998 and 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. In all of these cases CPT worked with local groups to promote nonviolent solutions to the conflicts (In Hebron CPT cooperates with both Israeli and Palestinian groups that work toward a nonviolent resolution to the conflict).

Coordinated Bosnia Undergraduate Development Program for Bluffton College, 1997/98 - a program of the United States Information Agency (USIA) that placed Bosnian undergraduate students on American campuses for their "junior year abroad." Responsibilities included placing students in appropriate departments, and helping to arrange internships for them in their chosen field.


Polish  - Fluent
Czech  - Fluent
Russian - Fluent
Serbo-Croatian - Fluent
German  - Reading Proficiency, some conversational ability.
Japanese - Fluent in Spoken Japanese, Basic Reading Ability
(12 Years in Japan, through Secondary School).

Membership in Professional Societies:

Association for the Study of Nationalities (Ex-USSR and Eastern Europe)

ATSEEL (Association for Teachers of Slavic & East-European Languages)

Revised August 2010