Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., English, Northwestern University
In July, 2022, Dr. Michael Galchinsky was appointed as the university’s first Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. He and his office work with colleges and departments to develop new degree programs and interdisciplinary options, ensure the high quality and value of existing programs, and shepherd program proposals to the Board of Regents. He helps to coordinate the efforts of Georgia State’s many general education initiatives, and communicates the vision and goals of general education to Georgia State’s students and faculty. He oversees the university’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, which is responsible for facilitating the reaffirmation of Georgia State’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and for providing Georgia State University’s academic community with access to data, institutional research, and assessments that inform university decision making.
Dr. Galchinsky joined Georgia State University in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. His scholarship has studied human rights literature and culture, genocide and mass atrocity prevention, international human rights and humanitarian law, and Jewish studies. Since 2009, he has been a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University. He held the Rabbi Joachim Prinz Memorial Fellowship from the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (2006-2007), and a Visiting Skirball Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford University (1998).
From January, 2017 through June, 2022, Dr. Michael Galchinsky served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, leading the university through its decennial reaffirmation of accreditation by SACSCOC. Prior to that, Dr. Galchinsky served as a University senator, and sat on the executive committees of English, the Middle East Institute, and the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, he co-chaired a committee of the University Senate to guide a redesign of the Academic Program Review policy. In July 2014, Dr. Galchinsky was appointed to serve as the university’s first Director of APR and Distance Education. In that role, he developed the data displays and procedures for APR, and facilitated over a dozen completed reviews. He also chaired the Distance Education Council, helping to develop relevant policies for the university.
The Modes of Human Rights Literature: Towards a Culture without Borders (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Jews and Human Rights: Dancing at Three Weddings (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).
ed., Grace Aguilar: Selected Writings (Calgary, Canada: Broadview Press, 2003).
David Biale, Michael Galchinsky, and Susannah Heschel, eds., Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).
The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer: Romance and Reform in Victorian England (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1996).
“Prevention Cascade: The United States and the Diffusion of R2P,” in David Jason Karp and Kurt Mills, eds., Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors (New York: Palgrave, 2015), 268-287.
“Lament as Transitional Justice,” Human Rights Review 15.3 (2014): 259-281. First publ. online (January 30, 2014): 1-23, DOI 10.1007/s12142—14-0304-8.
“’Quaint and Obsolete’: The ‘War on Terror’ and the Right to Legal Personality,” International Studies Perspectives 14.3 (2013): 255-268.
“The American Jewish Committee and the Birth of the Israeli Human Rights Movement,” Journal of Human Rights 5.3 (July-September, 2006): 303-321.
“The Jewish Settlements in the West Bank: International Law and Israeli Jurisprudence,” Israel Studies 9.3 (Fall, 2004): 115-136.
“Otherness and Identity in the Victorian Novel,” in William Baker and Kenneth Womack, eds., Victorian Literary Cultures: A Critical Companion, (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001), 403-420.