Andrew Janco

Post-Doctoral Lecturer in Human Rights (2012-2014)

5720 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Andrew Janco studies Russian and Soviet history. His work focuses on the history of warfare, displacement and human rights protections for refugees. His dissertation, "Soviet 'Displaced Persons' in Europe, 1941-1951," studies the westward migration of more than five million Soviet citizens during World War II, their experiences as postwar "displaced persons" and eventual resettlement as refugees during the Cold War. He is currently adapting this work into a book and is also a Field Editor for Russian Studies Dissertation Reviews. Andrew has also published articles on the childhood war games of Peter the Great and televised improv comedy during the Soviet 1960s. See his Prezi C.V. for more information.

Andrew will teach the following courses during the 2013-2014 school year:

Autumn Quarter 2013

Refugee History and Digital Archives (HMRT 26800/36800): This course is an advanced seminar in the history of refugees and digital archives. We will study the development of humanitarian and human rights protections for refugees, stateless people and other categories of displaced persons. We will discuss the various ways that state and non-state actors have understood and justified their responses to the forced movements of people. In class discussion, we will place this historical experience in dialogue with the needs of contemporary humanitarian efforts and human rights organizations. As part of this work, we will discuss the use of digital archives for research as well as the development, creation and information architecture of digital archival collections. How have digital collections changed how we conduct research?  What new types of research are possible with digital collections?

Winter Quarter 2014

Humanitarianism and War (HMRT 26700/36700): In this course, we will study the history of war and forced migration.  We will focus on how particular historical crises have led to the development of human rights protections for people displaced by war. What were these crises and how have they shaped the way we define the rights and status of refugees?  How have these conventions been adapted to reflect the challenges of the World Wars, the Cold War, guerrilla warfare and insurgency?  We will study both developments in warfare and strategies for protecting civilians during war.  

Human Rights in Russia and Eurasia (HMRT 26500/36500): This course focuses on the political economy of human rights in Russia and Eurasia. We will study how international norms have been “imported” by post-Soviet states.  How have regional politics and cultures shaped how rights norms are understood and how they are protected in practice?  Why do many post-Soviet countries fail to protect the rights of their citizens?  Using knowledge of the history, political culture and social practices of the region, we will work to identify those rights issues with the most potential for positive change and those more likely to remain enduring problems.