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Daniel UssishkinDaniel Ussishkin
Assistant Professor

Email: ussishkin@wisc.edu
Phone: (608)263-1839
Office: 5112 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5004 Mosse Humanities

Office Hours: TBA

Education: PhD: University of California - Berkeley; MA: University of California - Berkeley; BA: Tel Aviv University

Bio Sketch:

I am an historian of modern Europe in general, and of modern Britain more particularly. I am currently completing a book manuscript provisionally titled Morale: A History. Briefly put, it tries to answer the following question: how is it that modern Britons (and many others who took a similar path) have come to understand questions of conduct and its management in terms of collective attitude and morale? I try to answer this question by tracing the myriad iterations of the concept itself as it had emerged during the past two centuries, and by examining how Britons first tried to understand what morale actually was and then sought ways to secure it, thereby giving rise to entirely novel institutional practices and forms of knowledge. Furthermore, I am interested in the ways in which the new problem of morale has been conceived as central to conflicting political projects during the second half of the twentieth century.

Research interests: British and European history since the 18th century; war and society, gender and masculinity; history of the human sciences; social theory and historiography.

Selected Publications:

  • "Morale and the Postwar Politics of Consensus," Journal of British Studies 52, no. 3 (July, 2013), pp. 722-743. Read the Article
  • “The Will to Work”: Industrial Management and the Question of Conduct in Interwar Britain,” in Laura Beers and Geraint Thomas, eds. A Brave New World? Empire and Nation-Building in Britain between the Wars (London: Institute for Historical Research, 2012).

Awards:

  • 2013 Center for the Humanities First Book Award, UW - Madison
  • 2009-2011 Hanadiv (Rothschild) Postdoctoral Fellowship in European History
  • 2008-2009 Newhouse Humanities Center Fellowship, Wellesley College
  • 2007 James Kettner Prize for the Best Dissertation in History, UC Berkeley

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