Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


John Pincince, Marek Suszko, and Elena Valussi Promoted to Advanced Lecturer

This year the History Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost's Office initiated a process to give veteran full-time, non-tenure track faculty longer terms of service and promotion to higher ranks.  These promotions are made in recognition of exemplary teaching and service within the University.  As a result of this process, Drs John Pincince, Marek Suszko, and Elena Valussi have been promoted to the position of Advanced Lecturer.  

Dr Pincince is the Director of the Asian Studies Program and teaches courses in global history, global and international studies, the history of modern South Asia, and colonialism. Pincince’s research focuses on the history of Indian and Hindu nationalism.  He is currently completing a book on V.D. Savarkar and the origins of Hindu national identity.  He has been at Loyola since 2007.

Dr Suszko teaches courses in Polish and European history.  His research focuses on Polish history, including the history of socialism and modern Poland. Suszko is currently completing his book, tentatively entitled Building a Socialist Nation: Stalinist Poland 1945 – 1956.  He has received fellowship and scholarship support from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Council for Polish Culture Scholarship, the Polish National Alliance, the Polish Resistance Foundation, and the Kosciuszko Foundation.  Suszko is also an award-winning teacher and has been the recipient of the Master Teacher Award at Loyola University Chicago (2010).  He has been at Loyola since 2006.

Dr Valussi teaches courses in modern East Asian and Chinese history.  Prof. Valussi has written on Chinese gender, religious, and intellectual history including the influence of women's Qigong in the United States, interpretation of Nüdan in historical context, and the impact of gender ideas in Asian medicine.   Her current research examines the relationship of printing and religion during the Qing dynasty, in particular with the alchemical author Fu Jinquan.  She is also exploring Daoist ideas regarding the female body in various periods of Chinese history. She has been at Loyola since 2010.