Polish American Historical Association honors Rowan's Zake

Rowan University Sociology Professor Ieva Zake has been recognized by the Polish American Historical Association for her research.

Rowan University Sociology Professor Ieva Zake, of Pitman, has been recognized by the Polish American Historical Association for her research.

Zake, director of Rowan's Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Program, recently received the Amicus Poloniae Award from the Polish American Historical Association, an affiliate of the American Historical Association.

The award recognizes significant contributions to enhancing knowledge of Polish and Polish American heritage by individuals who are not members of the Polish American community.

Zake was recognized for her contribution to research on the influence of the Polish American community on American politics during the post-World War II period.

Founded in 1942, the Polish American Historical Association is devoted to the study of Polish American history and culture. The non-profit organization promotes research and dissemination of scholarly materials focused on Polish American history and culture and its European origins.

A Rowan professor since 2004, Zake directs the Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Program at Rowan. From 2005-09, she directed the University's women's studies program.

She is the author of the 2010 book, American Latvians: Politics of a Refugee Community and the 2008 book, Nineteenth-Century Nationalism and Twentieth-Century Anti-Democratic Ideals: The Case of Latvia, 1840s to 1980s.

Zake is the editor, with Michael DeCesare, of New Voices in Sociological Theory and Methodology, which will be published by McFarland Publishing. Additionally, she was the editor of Anti-Communist Minorities in the US: The Political Activism of Ethnic Refugees, published in 2009.

Zake earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2004 and her master's degree in women's studies from The Ohio State University in 1999. She completed undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of Latvia in 1997.