Teaching Schedule:
Fall 2019:

  • Hist 9: Historical Investigations: Methods and Skills
    “Through studying a particular topic in history, students gain insight into historical methods and skills. Course designed for freshmen and sophomore history majors or prospective majors. Others may enroll by permission of instructor. Topics vary by quarter and instructor.”
    We will focus on “reception history” case studies–how historical figures and events came to be part of our canon of historical knowledge, and how the meanings attached to them by various groups have changed over time. Case studies from the professor’s area of research–20th century German history–will be presented on Wednesdays, and we will research other cases on Fridays, with the goal of creating an online “exhibition” of reception history studies as the final course projects.
  • Conference, Oct. 10-12, 2019 at UCSB: “Critical Theory in Dark Times: The Prospects for Liberation in the Shadow of the Radical Right” (8th biennial conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society)

Winter 2020:

  • Hist 133D, “The Nazi Holocaust and Other Genocides in European History” (133D website with 2015 syllabus)
  • Hist 133Q: “Readings in the History of Genocide” (133Q website with 2014 syllabus)
  • [Hist 201DH: Graduate seminar on Memory and/or Digital History–upon request instead of 133Q]

Spring 2020:

  • INT xxx, Mellon “Engaging Humanities” lecture course with Prof. Fabio Rambelli
    (the ca. 100 freshman and transfer students in the Mellon program have first dibs on enrollment)

Personal Statement:

In addition to the World History survey (Hist 2c: 1700-present, F’16 syllabi and assignments), I teach upper division courses covering German history from 1800 to present (Hist 133A,B,C), including topical courses about the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides, and their legacies (Hist 133D and seminars 133Q and 133R). My research focuses on how, since 1945, various groups have looked back on events in German history, and what meanings they construct from that retrospection.
In UCSB’s graduate program I teach courses about museums (webpage) and what is commonly called collective memory (detailed syllabus/website with many pdf readings), as well as about digital history (201DH: Digital History webpage with 2015 syllabus), World History (200WD webpage) and German history (2002 syllabus).
My extensive personal website has web pages about my research and the full texts of many of my publications. Sections below on this web page have direct links to a few more salient publications.

Advisor to:

Current Projects:

  1. “Hitler, the Dagger-Stab, and ‘What if They Came for You’: Icons of German History in the Twentieth Century.”
    A collection of reception history case studies, each showing how an event was portrayed while it transpired and how that portrayal has evolved since then.
  2. Das Erbe von Dachau (see my Dachau Page for more information)
    A shorter, updated German-language version of my 2001 monograph Legacies of Dachau, which will include the redesign of the memorial site since 2003, as well as new research.
  3. The role of the Internet in the dissemination of historical knowledge
    Right now I am not actively pursuing this project, but rather learning as much as I can about uses of technology in teaching. See this 2004 thesis paper.

Selected Publications:

  • Legacies of Dachau: The Uses and Abuses of a Concentration Camp, 1933-2001
    600 page book about the history and afterlife of the former concentration camp until its most recent redesign. (my Legacies of Dachau page)
  • “Holocaust Memorials: The Emergence of a Genre,” in: American Historical Review (Feb. 2010)
    An AHR “forum” essay on representations of the Holocaust that traces the development of Holocaust memorials from 1943 to the 1960s. (25Mb pdf)
  • Stones of Contention: National Socialism and Second World War in Monuments and Memorials, 1945-1985
    32-page, richly illustrated booklet accompanying an exhibition that toured Germany from 1985 to 1992. (complete booklet on-line)
  • “The Revival of Holocaust Awareness in West Germany, Israel, and the United States,” in: 1968: The World Transformed (Cambridge 1998), 421-
    This essay examines how the Holocaust became a talked-about event in three countries in the 1960s. (full text)
  • “Experiencing the Holocaust in Los Angeles: The Museum of Tolerance,”, in:
    on-line journal Other Voices, 2:1(2000)
  • “Generational Cohorts and the Shaping of Popular Attitudes Towards the Holocaust,” in:Remembering for the Future (2001), 652-663.
    This essay summarizes the generation/cohort theory I develop at the beginning of chapter 12 of Legacies of Dachau. (text)
  • “Reshaping Dachau for Visitors, 1933-2000,” in:Horror and Human Tragedy Revisited: The Management of Sites of Atrocity for Tourism
    (New York, 2005), 118-148. (presentation text)
  • “History, War and Memory,” in: Gordon Martel (ed.), A Companion to Europe, 1900-1945 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 487-503. (searchable at
    This essay offers an overview of its topic for the period from 1945 to the present in 11 countries. (pdf of “History, War and Memory”)
  • For a complete list of my publications, with links to most texts, see
    My Publications Page.
  • For a complete list of my reviews, with full texts, see My Book Reviews Page
    Most are illustrated and have links and additional information not contained in the published versions.

Courses Taught:

  • Hist 133A “19th Century Germany”: Fall 2018 Syllabus
  • Hist 133B “20th Century Germany I: 1900-1945”: W’19 Syllabus,
  • Hist 133C, “20th Century Germany II, 1945-present”: 133C website with 2019 syllabus
  • Hist 133D, “The Nazi Holocaust and Other Genocides in European History” (133D website)
  • Hist 133Q: “Reading Seminar in Genocide History”: 133Q website
  • Hist 133R: “Research Seminar in German History”: 133R website with 2019 syllabus

Honors and Professional Activities:

My book Legacies of Dachau: The Uses and Abuses of a Concentration Camp, 1945-2001 won the 2003 Hans Rosenfeld book prize won the for the best monograph on central European history published in 2000 or 2001.