Jordan Kuck, Ph.D. student in the Department of History, is currently writing his dissertation after returning from a yearlong Fulbright fellowship to Latvia for research in the archives in Riga. His dissertation (directed by Dr. Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius), “The Dictator Without a Uniform: Karlis Ulmanis, Agrarian Nationalism, and Interwar Latvia,” focuses on the international trend towards authoritarianism and dictatorship in interwar Europe, seen through the prism of a specific example: the Latvian strongman Ulmanis. Jordan’s research (for which he needed to learn Latvian) explores fascism as a disturbing transnational phenomenon.
At UT he has been honored with the Dean Fellowship, the Chancellor’s Extraordinary Professional Promise Award, and the History Department’s award for best graduate student in European history. He has served on the executive board of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, the main international scholarly organization in his field. This fall, Jordan’s article, “Renewed Latvia: A Case Study of the Transnational Fascism Model,” will appear in the journal Fascism: The Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies.