Jordan Kuck is a doctoral student of Modern European history, and is studying under the tutelage of professor Vejas Liulevicius. He is interested in German and Baltic history and is specializing in the interwar years of the twentieth century. His interests include nationalism, identity formation, the demise of interwar democracies, the rise of authoritarianism, and intellectual history.
Kuck obtained his BA and MA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. His MA thesis, The Legacy of ‘Vadonis’ Ulmanis: K?rlis Ulmanis, Past, Present, and Future, examined the life and legacy of K?rlis Ulmanis, the dictator of Latvia from 1934 to 1940, and received a top award from the College of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2007. Kuck plans to continue his study of Ulmanis under the supervision of Liulevicius, and he hopes to complete the first English-language manuscript on Ulmanis. Kuck chose UT because of the history department’s strength in German and Baltic history. Says Kuck, “with professor Liulevicius—who does both German and Baltic history, and is one of the top scholars in his field—and professors Phillips and Tompkins, the department is quickly rising as one of the top places to study modern German and Baltic history. And the excitement generated by the ascendency of the department, including a sense of excitement and camaraderie amongst the graduate students, made coming to UT an easy decision.”
Kuck is an active member of the historical community. He has presented his research at a number of conferences, including the American Association of Baltic Studies (AABS) Conference, the Central Slavic Conference, the European Studies Conference, and the Mid-America Conference on History. Kuck is also the co-author of the book A Century of Sports at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (2007). Kuck has received generous support from the university and the history department, including the J. Wallace and Katie Dean Graduate Fellowship for 2008–2009.