Jared McBride received his BA in history summa cum laude at Northeastern University in 2004 and completed his Ph.D. in history at UCLA in fall 2014. His work specializes in the regions of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe in the 20th century and research interests include borderlands studies, nationalist movements, mass violence and genocide, the Holocaust, inter-ethnic conflict, and war crimes prosecution. He has done research in over a dozen archives in six countries. In spring 2015, he was a visiting assistant professor in the history department at Columbia University. During the following year, he will be a visiting fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is currently completing a book manuscript, “Killing Neighbors: The Undoing of Multi-Ethnic Western Ukraine in World War II,” which is a micro-historical study of the multi-ethnic region of Volhynia during the Nazi occupation.

Project Summary

In his book project, "Killing Neighbors: The Undoing of Multi-Ethnic Western Ukraine, 1941-1944," McBride examines the region of Volhynia in western Ukraine during the Nazi occupation. Volhynia was one of most violent regions in all of Eastern Europe, as it was home to the genocide of the Jewry, Soviet partisan warfare, a Ukrainian nationalist uprising, brutal Nazi occupation policies, and widespread inter-ethnic violence. Based on extensive archival research, in particular, recently opened KGB archives in Ukraine, McBride brings a micro-level lens to these violent episodes through a series of case studies of local perpetrators. He traces the biographies of many Volhynians and explains how and why they became involved in violence during the war. His work has the potential to inform studies of ethnic and political violence in borderland regions beyond Ukraine, as well as contribute to discussions in genocide studies and social scientific approaches to the study of violence.

Major Publications

“Remembering and Forgetting the Malyn Massacre: Memory, Ethnicity and the Second World War in Eastern Europe,” Carl Beck Papers (forthcoming 2015).

“To Be Stored Forever” [Book review of Taras Bul'ba-Borovets': Dokumenty. Statti. Lysty, ed. Volodymyr Serhiichuk (Kyiv, 2011)], Ab Imperio 1 (2012): 434-445.