Biography

At Newcastle University, Sam co-organised the first international workshop on the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration alongside Katherine Rossy (Carleton, Ottawa). They are currently co-editing an edited volume for publication with Bloomsbury Academic. 

Sam is also a founding member of the Polish Studies Group under the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). The group meets regularly holding workshops and presenting annually at the BASEES conference as panels or a roundtable.   

Academic Background

Sam is a historian of twentieth century displacement, Central and East-Central Europe and international humanitarianism. Her doctoral research is now under preparation for publication under the title Post-War Encounters: Humanitarian Workers, Military Officials and Polish Displaced Persons in British Occupied Germany. This research centres on post-1945 histories of displaced persons (DPs) in Germany, and in particular Polish DPs as it shifts the focus away from the institutions governing the DPs and onto the willing (or rather unwilling) welfare workers, military officials and DPs themselves in the chaotic post-war landscape. It reconceptualises relationships between DPs, welfare workers and officials and shows the lasting, and indelible effect the DP camps had on Polish identity in the post-war world. She is now in the early stages of work on a second major research project focusing on the shifting meanings of 'rehabilitation' in the medicalised discourse of humanitarian aid.

Sam studied Modern History at the University of Sunderland before pursuing a PhD at Newcastle University in Modern European History under the supervision of Professor Tim Kirk and Dr. Felix Schulz. Sam has worked at Newcastle University throughout her PhD as a Teaching Assistant before coming to UEA as a Lecturer in Modern European History. She has been awarded grants from the German History Society, the German Historical Institute (London) and the German-Polish Research Foundation, as well as Newcastle University's Humanities Research Institute and Forced Migration Group.

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