Frankee Lyons is a Ph.D. Candidate in Modern Eastern European history working with Małgorzata Fidelis and Keely Stauter-Halsted. Her project examines perceptions of Jewish belonging and participation in early communist state-building in Poland, focusing on the post-Stalinist Thaw and “Gomułka aliyah” period (1954-1960).
During the 2019-2020 academic year, Lyons is completing dissertation research in Warsaw, Poland under Fulbright and Title VIII grants. In past years, she has completed intensive Polish language training with funding from the Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. In 2018, Lyons was an Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellow.
U.S. Department of State, IIE Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant, Student
2016, University Fellowship, UIC Graduate College
2016, Polish Resistance (AK) Foundation Scholarship, UIC Department of History
2017, Portable Title VIII Fellowship, U.S. Department of State
2018, Portable Title VIII Fellowship, U.S. Department of State
2018, Polish Resistance (AK) Foundation Scholarship, UIC Department of History
2019, Title VIII Research & Language Fellowship, U.S. Department of State
2019, PROM EU International Scholarship, Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange
2015 Bachelors of Arts in History, The George Washington University
2018 Master of Arts in History, the University of Illinois at Chicago
HIST 234: History of Poland
HIST 101: Western Civilization since 1648
HIST 213: Europe, 1815 – 1914
HIST 235: Rise and Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
Guest Lecturer, Fulbright Open Lecture Series, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland, October 25, 2019, “Jewish Belonging and the Polish Road to Socialism, 1953-60”
Presenter, Seventh World Congress on Polish Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland, June 14-16, 2019, “Youth, Yiddish, and the ‘Zionist’ Threat: Global Jewish Connection and Commemoration, Warsaw 1955”
Presenter, Loyola History Graduate Student Conference, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 2018, “Jewish Youth at the Fifth World Festival of Youth and Students”
Participant, Russian and East European Jewish Cultures Junior Scholars Workshop , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, May 21-22, 2018, “Jewish Youth at the Fifth World Festival of Youth and Students"
Research Currently in Progress
Modern Eastern Europe; history of Poland; Jewish history; history of communism; post-war and Cold War Europe; migration, exile, diaspora.