CURRENT RESEARCH OF CENFAD FACULTY

compiled by Michael Dolski


Dr. Regina Gramer’s current research focuses on the German emigre contributions to the New Deal debate over German reconstruction between Morgenthau and Marshall Plan rationales. Her book manuscript is entitled “Trouncing Anti-Trust: The Transatlantic Controversy over German Reconstruction, 1938-1948.”

Dr. Will Hitchcock’s current work on his latest book, Liberation ’45, focuses on the European experience of liberation at the end of the Second World War. He intends to complicate American understanding of this traumatic period by investigating how people in Europe reacted to the chaos of the initial postwar months. Dr. Hitchcock hopes to finish the book by September 2007, with a possible publication date sometime in 2008.

Dr. Richard Immerman’s latest work, Empire for Liberty?, is due at Princeton University Press later this year.

Dr. Jay Lockenour is currently working on a book on Erich Ludendorff, tentatively entitled, Dragonslayer: The Life of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic. Focusing on Ludendorff's life, political work, and even more, his legend, provides an organizing principle for the study of the German political culture from a unique perspective of total war, religion, and racial conflict. This project will reveal the depth and variety of militaristic and racist thought in interwar Germany and trace the particular genealogy of total war that manifested itself both in the well-known atrocities of the Eastern Front and (in a less direct sense) the Holocaust.

Dr. Todd Shepard is currently conducting research in France for his new book, with the tentative title Affirmative Action Republics: French ‘Exceptional Promotion’ and Race in the Cold War World. Between 1956 and 1962 the French Republic put in place a pioneering range of programs to redress the effects of discrimination on its “Muslim Algerian” minority. These reforms, which centered on hiring quotas for “Algerian Muslims” (a group legally defined by origin, rather than religion) were quite similar to those the US later adopted. By focusing on connections between official US responses to the Civil Rights Movement and French attempts to avoid decolonization, Shepard’s work resituates current concerns with late-20th-century histories of both race in France and colonialism in the US in a trans-national context.

Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin has completed five chapters and is now two-thirds of the way through chapter six of his new book, titled Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders as Prisoners of War, 1941-1945.

Dr. David Waldstreicher is writing This Species of Property: Slavery and the Making of the U.S. Constitution, which he hopes to complete and publish with Hill and Wang in 2008.