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MATTHEW PAULY (Ph.D., Indiana University) is an assistant professor in the Department of History, Michigan State University.  His research interests are Russian, Eastern European, and Central Eurasian History, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; History of Education; History of Childhood; Nationalism and Nationalities Studies; Language Policy; International Relations; History of Human Rights.


“Raising ‘Nobody’s Children’: Juvenile Poverty, Crime, and Salvation in the City of Odessa, 1880-1940”




Pauly, Matthew D. Breaking the Tongue: Language, Education, and Power in Soviet Ukraine, 1923-1934. [University of Toronto Press, Forthcoming Fall 2014]

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Journal Articles/Book Chapters

Pauly, Matthew D. “‘Odesa-Lektionen’: Die Ukrainisierung der Schule, der Behörden und der nationalen Identität in einer nicht-ukrainischen Stadt in den 1920er Jahren [‘Odesa Lessons’: The Ukrainization of Schooling, Soviet Provincial Authority, and National Identity in a Non-Ukrainian City].” In Die Ukraine. Prozesse der Nationsbildung, edited by Andreas Kappeler, 309-318. Köln, Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2011.

Pauly, Matthew D. “‘Odes’ki lektsii’: ukrainizatsiia shkoly, ustanov, ta natsional’noi identichnosti v ne-ukrains’komu misti v 1920-kh rr. [‘Odesa Lessons’: The Ukrainization of Schooling, Soviet Provincial Authority, and National Identity in a Non-Ukrainian City].” In Ukraina. Protsesy natsiotvorennia, edited by Andreas Kappeler and Volodymyr Masliychuk, 298-306. Kyiv: K.I.S., 2011. [Ukrainian version]

Pauly, Matthew D. “Teaching Place, Assembling the Nation: Local Studies in Soviet Ukrainian Schools during the 1920s.” History of Education 39, no. 1 (2010): 75-93.

Pauly, Matthew D. “Tending to the ‘Native Word’: Teachers and the Soviet Campaign for Ukrainian-Language Schooling, 1923-1930.” Nationalities Papers 37, no. 3 (2009): 251-76.

Pauly, Matthew D. “Soviet Polonophobia and the Formulation of Nationalities Policy in the Ukrainian SSR, 1927-34.” In Polish Encounters, Russian Identity, edited by David Ransel and Bozena Shallcross, 172-188. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2005.


Matthew Pauly

Position: Assistant Professor

Field: 19th Century, 20th Century, Cultural, Diplomatic, Political, Social

Region: Europe & Russia

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