Robert E. Blobaum

Robert E. Blobaum

Eberly Family
Distinguished Professor
Department of History
Faculty Research Associate, Regional Research Institute


Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Russian and East European History, 1981
M.A., University of Nebraska, 1976
B.A., University of Northern Colorado, 1974
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

I have been through a few incarnations during the course of my career—from a political/intellectual historian early on, to a social historian of politics in mid-career, to a senior scholar who refuses to be pigeon-holed but is interested in a broad range of economic, social, cultural, political, and gender issues. I am also interested in employing a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches to telling what I hope are compelling stories of what happened in a particular place (central Poland) at a critical juncture in historical time (the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries).  And, with the acquisition of experience and perspective, my work has become increasingly transnational and comparative. Although my work remains Poland-centered, my stories—most recently about everyday life in Warsaw during the First World War—are better told in larger European frameworks. This is particularly important to a field, such as East European history, that has long been ghettoized.

Honors and Awards:

Fulbright Distinguished Chair of East European Studies, Warsaw University, 2006.
West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award, 2003.
Outstanding Teaching Award, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University, 2002.
Benedum Award for Distinguished Research in the Humanities, West Virginia University, 1997.
Oskar Halecki Polish History Book Award, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1996.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University, 1982-1984.

Contact Information:

220D Woodburn Hall
P.O. Box 6303
Tel: (304) 293-9305
Fax: (304) 293-4832