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Ken Newbold Thank you for visiting the Office of Research and Scholarship at James Madison University. The core function of Research Development at JMU is to identify research opportunities for students, faculty, and staff by connecting programs with the needs of external partners. We are strong believers in the critical role played by institutions of higher education to advance knowledge and discovery, allowing JMU to engage the global community in a positive and responsible fashion through a problem-based approach. Please take some time to peruse the Research and Scholarship website for more information on the many research activities and opportunities at JMU. More about the Office of Research Development


Spotlight on Faculty Scholarship


Dr. Maria Galmarini

Assistant Professor of History

Coordinator of the Minor in Russian Studies

Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard University)

Maria GalmariniDr. Galmarini is currently studying the history of the "right to be helped" in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1950. This was a field of social consciousness and social action which determined marginalized groups' entitlement to social welfare and was created in the dialogues between state authorities, social activists, and individual citizens. Her research explores how the Soviet state and society treated those subjects who deviated from the norm of good subjectivity, such as behaviorally difficult children, physically disabled adults, and unemployed single mothers. While state and social forces strove both to care for and control them, these subjects requested to receive the necessary "help" to become integral members of the body social.

Dr. Galmarini’s future research projects include a comparative history of disability rights in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Italy between 1948 and 1968, and an intellectual biography of political deviancy and political defense in Russia between 1905 and 2009.


Dr. Galmarini’s Faculty Page

The “Right to be Helped”: Welfare Policies and Notions of Rights at the Margins of Soviet Society, 1917-1950

Defending the Rights of Gulag Prisoners: The Story of the Political Red Cross, 1918-38



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