Brian A. Porter-Szucs F'16, F'02, F'96, F'90

Brian A. Porter-Szucs
Professor
History
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

ACLS Fellowship Program 2016
Professor
History
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Supply-Side Socialism: The Foundations of Neoliberalism in Communist Poland

The sudden emergence in postcommunist Eastern Europe of supply-side economics, austerity policies, and neoliberalism is puzzling. Although few members of the opposition advocated such ideas in the 1980s, after winning power in 1989 virtually every economic advisor warned that no other model was conceivable. This project searches for the origins of these economic theories among professional economists in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s by examining economics textbooks, internal government reports on economic policy, and speeches from mid-level politicians. It focuses not on the higher levels of economic theory but rather on the day-to-day work of those who were struggling to understand and improve Poland’s economy. Ultimately, understanding the Cold War origins of neoliberalism will help expose the assumptions underpinning the economic debates of today.

Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in East European Studies 2002
Associate Professor
History
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
For God and Fatherland: Catholicism, modernity, and Poland

Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in East European Studies 1996
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Defining Poland: from the Christ of nations to national egoism, 1863-1905

Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies 1990
Graduate Student
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Preparation for qualifying exams and dissertation on the conception of nation held by major political movements in Poland, 1890-1914