Thomas Hajkowski

Department of History
Misericordia University
Dallas, PA 18612
Phone: (570) 674-8083

Dr. Hajkowski's Bio

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Misericordia University, August 2005-present

Assistant Professor, Division of Social Sciences, Cumberland County College, 2004-2005

Visiting Instructor, Department of History, Loras College, 2003-2004


Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
PhD in History, December 2005
Dissertation Title: "The BBC and National Identity in Britain, 1922-1954"
MA in History, 1997 Major Field: Early Modern and Modern Europe, 1500 to Present
Specialization: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Great Britain, British Imperialism, Ireland
Research Fields: Nationalism, Media Studies, Cultural History
Minor Field: Latin American History

Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
MA in History, 1996

Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
BA in History, 1993



The BBC and National Identity in Britain, 1922-1953, under contract, Manchester University Press

Articles and Book Chapters

"Mediating Decolonization: BBC Radio and Indian Independence," in preparation

"Red on the Map: Empire and Americanization at the British Broadcasting Corporation 1942-1950," in Anglo-American Media Interactions, Joel Wiener and Mark Hampton, eds., Palgrave, 2007

"The BBC, the Empire, and the Second World War, 1939-1945," Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 22 (June 2002) 135-155

Review Essays

Review of Chandrika Kaul, ed., Media and the British Empire (New York: 2006), Catherine Hall and Sonya Rose, eds., At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World (Cambridge: 2006), and Nigel Dalziel, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the British Empire (London: 2006). Reviewed for H-Net, February, 2008

Book Reviews

Daniel Gorman, Imperial Citizenship: Empire and the Question of Belonging, (Manchester, 2006). Reviewed for H-Net, forthcoming

Geraint H. Jenkins, A Concise History of Wales, (Cambridge: 2007). Reviewed for History: Reviews of New Books, (35) 4, Summer 2007

Antoinette Burton, ed., After the Imperial Turn: Thinking with and through the Nation, (Durham, NC: 2003). Reviewed for History: Reviews of New Books, (32) 3, Spring 2004

David Morley and Kevin Robins, eds., British Cultural Studies: Geography, Nationality, and Identity, (Oxford: 2001). Reviewed for Albion, (35) 2, Summer 2003

P. J. Cain, Hobson and Imperialism: Radicalism, New Liberalism, and Finance 1887-1938, (Oxford: 2002). Reviewed for History: Reviews of New Books, (31) 3, Spring 2003

Unpublished Reports and Manuscripts

"Teaching, Mentoring, and Learning after the PhD: A Case Study of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program," prepared for Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University, 2001

Conference Presentations

"Friends and Allies: Representing Europe in the BBC Home Service during the Second World War." To be delivered at the British Scholar Annual Conference, February, 2009

"BBC Radio and Europe: Programs and Propaganda, 1921-1955." Centre for Contemporary British History Summer Conference, London, England, July 2007

"Cultural Imperialism or Nation-Building: The BBC in Scotland, 1923-1939." Midwest Conference on British Studies, Indianapolis, IN, October 2006

"Red on the Map: Empire and Americanization at the British Broadcasting Corporation." Midwest Conference on British Studies, East Lansing, MI, October 2004

"'The Englishman's Justification in India:' Broadcasting and Indian Independence 1942-1948." Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Rohnert Park, CA, April 2003 (panel organizer)

"Defending Britishness: The BBC and British National Identity in the 1930s." North American Conference on British Studies, Baltimore, MD, November 2002

"Propaganda, Empire and Identity—The Case of the BBC 1939-1945." Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, New York, NY, March 2001

"Broadcasting National Identity: The BBC in Northern Ireland 1922-1953." Midwest Regional Conference, American Conference of Irish Studies, Auburn Hills, MI, October 2000

Courses Taught

British and Imperial History

  • Modern Britain
  • Early Modern Britain
  • British Imperialism, 1750-2000
  • Nationalism and National Identity in Britain

European History

  • History of Nazi Germany
  • History of the Holocaust
  • The French Revolution
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II

World History

  • History of Modern Latin America
  • Democracy and Global Diversity
  • World History I
  • World History II


  • Cultural Geography
  • World Regional Geography


Associate Director, Misericordia University Honors Program, January 2008-present

Mentor, Misericordia University New Faculty Mentoring Program, 2008-present

Member, History Department Search Committee, 2008-2009, 2005-2006

Member, Biology Department Search Committee, Fall, 2008

Organizer and administrator, Misericordia University Society of Scholars, 2006-present

Member, Misericordia University Core Curriculum Committee, 2008-present

Advisor, History majors, class of 2010, Misericordia University, 2006-present

Advisor, Misericordia University History Club, August 2005-present

Member, Misericordia University Curriculum Committee, 2006-2008

Participant, Misericordia University Freshman Orientation, Summer 2006

Advisor, Misericordia University Professional Studies Program, Summer 2006-Summer 2007

Advisor, Cumberland County College Amnesty International, 2004-2005

Professional Activities

Panel Chair, Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Annual Meeting, November, 2008

Peer-reviewer for Media History

Consultant, American Council on Education, College Credit Recommendation Service

Community Activities

"Mediating Decolonization: BBC Radio and Indian Independence, 1946-48," Misericordia University Faculty Development Committee Presentation, November, 2008

"Rethinking Regional Broadcasting," presentation to the Misericordia University Society of Scholars, February, 2008

"Broadcasting and National Identity in Britain," Misericordia University Faculty Development Committee Presentation, March 2007

Introduced film Omagh, Misericordia University Irish Film Festival, October 6, 2006

Judge, History Day Regional Competition, Penn-State Wilkes-Barre, 2006, 2007

"Election 2004," presentation given at Vineland Training School, October 28, 2004

"The French Revolution," presentation given at Dubuque High School, March 2004

"Revealing the Nazi Holocaust," presentation given at the Dubuque Museum of Art, October 1, 2003

Fellowships and Grants

Misericordia University Summer Research Grant, 2008

Misericordia University Summer Research Grant, 2006

Northwestern University Graduate Research Grant, 2000

The English Speaking Union Grant for Research in the United Kingdom, 1999

Northwestern University Fellowship, 1996-1997

Villanova University Graduate Fellowship, 1994-1996

Related Work Experience

Project Coordinator, Preparing Future Faculty program, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 2001-2003

Research Assistant, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 2001-2002

Tutor, Athletic Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1998-1999

Professional Development

Attendee, National Collegiate Honors Council, 43rd Annual Meeting, October 22-26, 2008

Attendee, Conference on Information Technology, League for Innovation in the Community College, November 6-10, 2004

Attendee, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, January 23-25, 2003

Participant, Northwestern University New Faculty Development Program, Summer, 2001

Participant, Northwestern University Preparing Future Faculty Program, 2000-2001

Membership in Professional Associations

American Historical Association

North American Conference on British Studies