About the Contributors
Dr. Nick Kupensky is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian at Bowdoin College. He also taught for three years at Bucknell University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Comparative Humanities and Russian Studies Programs. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Kupensky earned his B.A. in Comparative Humanities, Russian, and English at Bucknell University (2007). He has studied at the Moscow International University (2008), the Russian State University for the Humanities (2010), and at the Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum at the University of Prešov in Slovakia (2011). In 2017, he received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale University, where he defended his doctoral dissertation “The Soviet Industrial Sublime: The Awe and Fear of Dneprostroi, 1927-1932.”
Erin Frey completed her B.A. in Comparative Humanities and Creative Writing from Bucknell University in 2017. Her thesis, “The Symbolic Economy of the Sexed Body: Nationalism, Catholicism, and the Feminine in the Cinema of Andrzej Wajda,” examines the shifting role of women in postwar Polish society. From Frederick, Maryland, her interests include Arabic, the digital humanities, music, Polish language and culture, and rock climbing.
The Kubek Project would not have been realized were it not for the help of numerous individuals. First and foremost we extend our deepest thanks to Paul Coombe and Peg Grigalonis at the Mahanoy Area Historical Society. Every aspect of the Kubek Project has benefited from their dedication, encouragement, hard work, and willingness to share their resources and deep knowledge about Mahanoy City. Father James Carroll and Tony Kaminski of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Mahanoy City generously shared their knowledge of the parish’s history and provided access to materials held in St. Mary’s Center. Rich Custer of the New Rusyn Times graciously provided information about John Žinčak Smith, and his website The Carpatho-Rusyns of Pennsylvania has been a valuable resource for the contributors throughout this project. Father David Mastroberte of St. John’s Orthodox Church (Hermitage, Pennsylvania) shared his deep knowledge of Eastern-rite iconography to help identity the saints depicted in St. Mary’s art glass windows. Prof. Paul Robert Magocsi (University of Toronto) helped identify the former location of the American Rusyn Messenger, and without his decades of dedication to Carpatho-Rusyn history and culture, none of this would have been possible. Prof. Valerii Padiak (University of Prešov) was a great help in drawing our attention to numerous texts on Kubek’s life and work. Steve Gnall and Virginia Sisak of Mahanoy City helped us understand the everyday life of Mahanoy City’s Carpatho-Rusyn community during Father Kubek’s tenure as a priest. Dr. Peter Yasenchak of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society also provided insight into the Carpatho-Rusyn communities of Schuylkull County. Prof. Katie Faull (Bucknell University) provided the inspiration to tackle projects in the digital humanities, and Brandn Green (Bucknell University) encouraged us to apply for the Coal Region Field Station grant in the first place, and Shaunna Barnhart (Bucknell University) and her colleagues at the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment have championed the project ever since. Jon Hagofsky was a source of perpetual energy for and great insight into Central European genealogy, Slovak and Magyar history. Finally, Kate Bewley deserves special thanks for editorial, emotional, and logistical support.