George S. Vascik                Associate Professor of History and  Humanities

 Curriculum vitae




EmploymentEducationDevelopmentTeachingScholarshipGrantsService

Academic Employment

Miami University

  • Associate Professor of Humanities, 8/14 to the present.
  • Associate Professor of History, 6/97 to the present.
  • Assistant Professor of History, 9/92-6/97.

The Ohio State University

  • Instructor of History,9/90-6/92.

The University of Toledo

  • Part-time Assistant Professor of History, 3/88-6/90.

Madonna College

  • Instructor of History, 9/84-12/85.

The University of Michigan

  • Teaching and Research Assistant, 9/77-5/83.

Education

The University of Michigan, 9/77-8/88, Pd.D.
Duke University, 9/76-5/77, M.A.
  • Thesis:  Anglo-Saxon Resistance to the Norman Conquest, 1066-1076.
The University of Toledo, 9/72-8/76 B.A.
  • Thesis: John of Salisbury as Historian.

Professional Development

External

  • Completed MOOCs on

    • The Hanseatic League (Universität Lübeck) - 2014.
    • The French Revolution (Melbourne University) - 2014
    • The Life and Times of Richard III (Leiceister University) - 2014
    • Hadrian's Wall and the Roman Frontier (Newcastle University) - 2014
    • World War 1: Aviation Comes of Age (Birmingham University) - 2014
  • Holocaust Education Foundation Summer Institute, Northwestern University - 2004.
  • Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum - 2002. 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "The People of Vienna in a Time of Turmoil, 1850-1955," Vienna, Austria - 2001. 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, "The Industrial Revolution in Comparative Perspective," Seminar for Economic History, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität, Munich, Germany - 1995. 
  • Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, University of Michigan, Faculty Development and Enrichment Grant - 1994. 
  • Medici Foundation Teaching Enrichment Grant - 1993.

Internal

  • Learning Technology Winter Institute, 2014.
  • Faculty Learning Initiative Group to Create Honors Courses for the Regional Campus, 2014.
  • e-Miami Workshop for developing on-line courses, 2013.
  • Faculty Learning Community on Scholarly Communication, 2012-2013.
  • Faculty Learning Community on Improving Student Research Fluency, 2011-2012.
  • Quantitative Literacy Summer Institute, 2010.
  • Faculty Learning Initiative Group on Learning Management Systems, 2010.
  • Miami Hamilton Hybrid Teaching Learning Community, 2006-07.
  • CELT Community on Information Literacy, 2005-06.
  • CELT Community Teaching Writing Enhanced Courses, 2003-04.
  • Center for Writing Excellence. May workshop, 2003.
  • CELT Community Using Technology to Enhance Teaching, 2002-03.
  • CELT Senior Faculty Learning Community, 2001-02.
  • Faculty Summer Development Institute on Diversity Issues, 2000.
  • Learning Technologies Summer Institute, 1999, 2005.

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Teaching

Courses taught

Independent studies topics

  • Imperial Germany
  • Nazi Germany
  • Prussian History
  • The Origins of the First World War
  • The Holocaust
  • Anti-Semitism and Gender in Imperial Germany
  • Social and Cultural Aspects of the Industrial Revolution
  • German Industrialization and Militarism

Study Abroad workshops

  • Vienna: Cradle of Modernity
  • Vienna and Munich: Cradles of Fascism
  • Berlin: Topography of Terror

Honors seminars

  • Fin de siécle Paris and Vienna
  • War and Society in Twentieth Century Europe

Senior Capstones

  • The Industrial Revolution in Fiction
  • The Holocaust and Genocide in Modern History 

Departmental honors theses supervised

  • Christian Hamm, Clausewitz and German Unification
  • Jon Seaton, National Socialist State Structures
  • Mark Hamilton, Nazi Occupaton Policies: A Comparative Perspective
  • Nathan Lippert, Nationalism and the Disintegration of the Austrian Imperial Army
  • Rob Reiland, The Allied Internment Dichotemy and th Legacies of German Prisoners of War
  • Gary Hartman, Unravelling the Axis: Germany, Kursk and the Consequences of Defeat
  • Mark Sadler, Conversations with Evil: Interrogations of the Leading Nazi War Criminals

Summer Scholar projects supervised

  • Mark Sadler, Operation Ashcan files at the National Archives
  • James Fisher, A Convenient Relationship: German-Turkish Economic Ties, 1871-1946
  • Debbie Cornett, Wilhelm II's Religious Reflections on the Great War 

Graduate workshops

Graduate Readings courses 

  • German History
  • The Origins of the First World War
  • Nineteenth Century Europe

Graduate Colloquium

  • The Industrial Revolution

Scholarship

 

books

articles

reviews

research guides

editing

papers and presentations

Book projects

The Stab-in-the-Back Mytth: A History in Documents and Visual Sources, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press, Fall 2016.

Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics in Northwest Germany, 1893-1933, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press, Fall 2017.

Creating the Political Man: Diederich Hahn and the Transformation of Politics in Wilhelmine Germany, project completion 2017, with publication 2018.

 

Articles and chapters


Reviews

  • Review of Brett Bowden, The Empire of Civilization: the Evolution of the Imperial Idea (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) forthcoming in The Historian.
  • Review of Peter Fritzsche, Germans into Nazis (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998) in The Historian 62/2(2000):451.
  • Review of Hans Pohl (ed.), Competition and Cooperation of Enterprises on National and International Markets (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag Press, 1997) in the Economic History Review, 52(1999): 203-204.
  • Review of Robert Spaulding , Ostpolitik and Osthandel. German Foreign Trade Policies in Eastern Europe from Bismarck to Adenauer (Providence: Berghahn Press, 1997), in German Studies Review, 22(1999): 157-158.
  • Review of W.O. Henderson, The German Colonial Empire 1884-1919 (London: Frank Cass, 1993), in The Historian, 58(1996): 236-237.
  • Review of Volker Berghahn, Imperial Germany, 1871-1914: economy, society, culture and politics (Providence: Berghahn Books, 1994), in The Historian, 58(1996):101-102.
  • Review of Helmut Heiber, The Weimar Republic (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993), in The Historian, 57(1995): 637-638.
  • Review of Mikael Hard, Machines are Frozen Spirit.  The Scientification of Refrigeration and Brewing in the 19th Century - A Weberian Analysis (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 1994), in Central European History, 27(1994).
  • Review of W.R. Lee, ed., Essays on German Economic and Business History (London: Routledge, 1992) in German Studies Review, 17(1994): 402.
  • Review of Duncan Smith, Walls and Mirrors. Western Representations of Really Existing German Socialism in the German Democratic Republic, (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988), in German Studies Review, 12(1989): 224-225.

Research Guides

  • "Diedrich Hahn," "Deutscher Bauernbund," "Verein deutscher Studenten," "Tivoli Program," "Hermann Wagener," and "Werner Sombart," forthcoming in The Encyclopedia of Antisemitism, Anti-Jewish Prejudice and Persecution, ed. Richard S. Levy, (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2003).
  • "Count Alfred von Schlieffen," Magill's Guide to Military History, (Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001), volume 3, pp. 967-968.
  • "Battle of the Marne," Magill's Guide to Military History, (Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001), volume 4, p. 1381.
  • "The Hindenburg Plan, 1916," Great Events from History: Business and Commerce, (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1994), pp. 293-296.
  • Abstracts of articles from Geschichte und Gesellschaft and German Studies Review for Historical Abstracts, Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 1989-1993.
  • "The German Democratic Republic," Read More About It, Ann Arbor: Pierian Press, 1989.
  • "Helmut Schmidt," The Book of Days 1988, Ann Arbor: Pierian Press, 1988.

Editing

  • Pre-publication reviewer of
  • Pre-revision Editor, A History of Western Society, McKay, Hill, and Buckler, Houghton-Miflin Publishing, 2000.
  • Associate Editor, Essays in Economic and Business History, volumes XII-XV, (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1995-1998).

Papers

  • "Pesants and Politics: What GIS Can Tell Us About Political Behavior in the German Countryside." Paper presented in April 2016 to the Seminar fūr Neuere Geschichte at the Eberhardt Karl Universität, Tūbingen.
  • "The Political Sociology of North German Moor and Fehn Communities." Paper presented in April 2014 at the European Social Science History Association in Vienna, Austria.
  • "Bauern, Bonzen und Bomben. Peasant Protest in Northwest Germany, 1927-1930." Paper presented in August 2013 at the European Rural History Association conference in Berne, Switzerland.
  • "Loß von Preußen: A Spatial and Statistical Analysis of the 1924 Referendum on Hanoverian Independence." Paper presented in November 2012 at the Social Scienc History Association conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • "Pigs and Protest: The Crisis of Swine Husbandry and the Electoral Success of anti-Semitic Political Parties in Northwest Germany, 1924-1930.” Paper presented in April 2012 at the European Social Science History Association conference in Glasgow, UK.
  • "'Is Hitler Racist Enough?' Competition among the völkisch parties in Northwest Germany." Paper presented in November 2011 at the Social Science History Association conference in Boston, MA.
  • "Party Politics and State Power: the Rise and Fall of Social Democracy in the northwest German Countryside, 1890-1933." Paper presented in September 2010 at the Social Science History Association conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • "The Landarbeiterbewegung and Reaction in Northwest Germany, 1918-1924." Paper presented in April 2010 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Ghent, Belgium.
  • “Remaking of Rural Life.” Comment delivered in November 2009 at the Social Science History Association conference in Long Beach, California.
  • "Geographies of Place." Comment delivered in November 2009 at the Social Science History Association conference in Long Beach, California.
  • "Guardians of Tradition or Agents of Modernity: Sources of National Socialist Appeal in Rural Northwest Germany." Paper presented in November 2009 at the Social Science History Association conference in Long Beach, California.
  • "Triumph on the Periphery: Political Anti-Semitism in Rural Northern Germany." Paper presented n Deceomber 2008 at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Washington, D.C.
  • "Agrarians into Nazis? The Evidence from the North German Marschlands." Paper prepared for presentation in March 2008 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • "The Growth Dynamics of Political Anti-Semitism in the North German Countryside." Paper presented in December 2007 at the Lessons & Legacies Conference at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • "The Landvolkbewegung and the disintegration of the German Nationalist/Agrarian block in 1928. What historical GIS shows." Paper presented in November 2007 at the Social Science History Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
  • “The Power of ‘Culture’: Culture and the Social Sciences in Twentieth Century America.” Presented in November 2007 at the Social Science History Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
  • "Reconceptualizing Rural History" comment presented at the Social Science History Association meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2006.
  • "Agrarianism in the North German Marschlands: a comparative study of local political cultures in East Friesland, Oldenburg, and Stade." Paper presented in March 2006 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • "Peasants and Jews in Germany, 1893-1912."  Paper presented in December 2005 at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Washington, DC.
  • "The Rise and Fall of Agrarian Politics in East Fresia, 1890-1903."  Paper presented in November 2005 at the Social Science History Association conference in Portland, Oregon.
  • "Mapping Soil Structures, Village Types and Market Patterns in East Friesland for the Second Half of the 19th Century" Paper presented in November 2004 at the Social Science History Association conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • "The Imperial German Elections Atlas." Presented to the Congress of Cultural Atlases: The Human Record, May 2004, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
  • "Local dimensions of the 'crisis of liberalism' in East Fresia as reflected in the German elections of 1881 and 1884." Paper presented in March 2004 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Berlin, Germany.
  • "Using GIS to analyze urban patterns in the past." Session chair.  Comment delivered in March 2004 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Berlin, Germany.
  • "German Agrarianism and the Creation of an anti-Socialist Coalition in the 1890s." Paper presented in November 2003 at the Social Science History Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • "Sophisticates or Neophytes: Charting the Campaign Behavior of Candidates in Imperial Germany Using Historical GIS."  Paper presented in August 2003 at the conference of the Association for History and Computing in Tromsø, Norway.
  • "Creating a Digital Electoral Atlas for the Prussian Province of Hanover."  Paper presented in March 2002 at the conference of the European Social Science History in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • "Landed Wealth and Rural Indebtedness As Factors In The Upsurge Of German Agrarianism: Evidence From The Administrative District Of Stade."  Poster session presented in November 2001 at the Social Science History Association meeting in Chicago.
  • "An exposition of the social and economic bases of rural radicalism in fin-de-siécle Germany."  Paper presented in August 2001 at the congress of the Association for History and Computing in Poznan, Poland.
  • "Computer-Assisted Analysis and Plotting of Village Returns in German National Elections, 1893-1912."  Paper delivered at the 2001 meeting of the American Association for History and Computing in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • "Scientific Progress and Traditional Identity: Farmers and Brewers in 19th Century Germany."  Comment delivered at the 2000 meeting of the German Studies Association in Houston, Texas.
  • "Workers and Politics and 20th Century Europe."  Comment delivered at the 2000 meeting of the Ohio Academy of History in Westerville, Ohio.
  • "Defining Weber's 'new political man'.  Diederich Hahn and the Transformation of Imperial German Politics."  Paper delivered at the Fall 1999 meeting of the Social Science History Association in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • "The Role of Sugar Production in the 'Agrarian Crisis' of the 1890s."  Paper delivered at the First Conference on German Cliometrics in Fall 1999 in Toronto, Ontario.
  • "Agrarianism in the Villages.  What the Electoral Record Shows."  Paper delivered at the 1998 meeting of the German Studies Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • "State Policy and Differential Development in the German Sugar Industry, 1800-1871."  Paper delivered at the 1998 congress of the International Economic History Association in Madrid, Spain.
  • "Poverty, Peasants, and Popery: Reconstructing Nineteenth-Century Economic Culture."  Comment delivered at the 1998 meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • "A Troublesome Rooster: Diederich Hahn and the Transformation of German Politics before the First World War."  Paper delivered in October 1997 as part of the Miami University - Hamilton faculty research seminar.
  • "From Idea to Reality: National Socialist Racial Ideology and the Holocaust."  Public lecture series delivered in March 1997 at the Miami University Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg.
  • "Einbahnstraße zum Faschismus?  Continuity in German Agrarian Organization and Ideology, 1871-1933."  Paper delivered at the 1996 meeting of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  • "The State and the Industrial Revolution in Germany."  Paper delivered at the 1996 meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society in Savannah, Georgia.
  • "Immer wi(e)der Caprivi: the Utility of Crisis in German Agrarian Politics."  Paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the Southern Historical Association in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • "Confronting the Jewish, Woman and Slavic Questions in the Nineteenth Century."  Comment delivered at the 1995 meeting of the German Studies Association in Chicago, Illinois.
  • "Defining Jews Out: Diederich Hahn and the Evolution of German Agrarromantik."  Paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the German Studies Association in Chicago, Illinois.
  • "Germany's Peculiar Industrialization: Economic Aspects of the deutsche Sonderweg." Paper delivered August, 1995 to the Seminar for Economic History, Volkswirtschaftliches Institut, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität, Munich, Germany.
  • "Was there an Agrarian Crisis in Wilhelmine Germany?" Paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society in Boulder, Colorado.
  • "What Sort of Anti-Semite?  Diederich Hahn and the Articulation of Political Anti-Semitism in Imperial Germany."  Paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the Ohio Academy of History in Westerville, Ohio.
  • "Confronting the Myth of Agrarian Crisis in Wilhelmine Germany."  Article-in-progress presented to the History Department, Miami University, April, 1994.
  • "German and French Companies in the 20th Century."  Comment delivered at the 1994 meeting of the Business History Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • "Scheming Junkers and Docile Peasants? Reassessing the Character and Function of the Bund der Landwirte."  Paper delivered at the 1993 meeting of the German Studies Association in Washington, DC.
  • "An End to Comity: Sugar and the Worsening of German-American Relations, 1880-1910."  Delivered at the 1993 meeting of the Ohio Academy of History in Springfield, Ohio.
  • "Was Germany Blockaded Into Submission?  Reexamining the Nutritional Aspects of the Allied Blockade of Germany, 1914-1918."  Paper delivered at the 1992 meeting of the Ohio Academy of History in Dayton, Ohio.
  • "Sugar Barons and Bureaucrats: Unraveling the Relationship between Economic Interest and Government in Modern Germany, 1799-1945."  Paper delivered at the 1992 Business History Conference in Pasadena, California.
  • "Nutrition and Nationhood: Control of German Sugar Policy under the Reparations Regime."  Paper delivered at the 1991 meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • "Modernizers or Mystics? Nazi Food Policy and Administration in the Second World War."  Paper delivered at the 1991 Duquesne History Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • "Politics in the German Empire: the Problematic Authoritarian Legacy."  Comment delivered at the 1991 meeting of the German Studies Association in Los Angeles, California.
  • "Nutritional Policy during World War II in Light of National Socialist Agrarian Ideology."  Paper delivered at the 1991 meeting of the Ohio Academy of History in Columbus, Ohio.
  • "Illusions on the Eve of the Great War: Preparations for the Cataclysm, 1912-1918."  Comment delivered at 1990 meeting of the American Historical Association meeting in New York, New York.
  • "Diederich Hahn, the Agrarian League and the Politics of Radical Agrarianism, 1893-1918."  Paper delivered at the 1990 meeting of the German Studies Association in Buffalo, New York.
  • "Liberals and Sugar. A Study in Interest Group Representation."  Paper delivered at the 1989 meeting of the German Studies Association conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • "What was the German Sugar Cartel? An Analysis of Interest Group Representation and Industrial Organization.  Paper delivered at the 1989 meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • "Economic Interest Groups and the Parameters of Trade Diplomacy in Wilhelmine Germany: the Brussels Sugar Convention of 1902.  Paper delivered at the 1988 meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society meeting in Toronto, Ontario.
  • "The German Peasant League and National Liberal Revival.  Paper delivered at the 1987 meeting of the German Studies conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • "Defending the Socialist Fatherland: Origin and Utility of the Nationale Volksarmee."  Lecture delivered April 1986 at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia.
  • "Landwirtschaft und politische Gesellschaft im deutschen Kaiserreich."  Paper delivered March 1985 at Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle, German Democratic Republic.
  • "Der Bund der Landwirte und ländliche Liberalismus in der Provinz Hannover."  Paper delivered March 1983 at the Universität Hannover, Hanover, Federal Republic of Germany.

Grants

External

  • Principal Investigator, Midwest Center for Teaching with Primary Sources grant, administered by Illinois State University for the Library of Congress, American Memory in Ohio, 6/09-12/09.  $15,000.
  • Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, Ever-Greater Freedom, 1492-1965, with Middletown, Fairfield and Princeton Schools, 7/08-8/11. $995,093.
  • Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, The Beacon of Liberty, 1492-1965, with Hamilton, Middletown and Mason Schools, 10/06-8/09. $999,953. 
  • Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, America's Journey to Freedom, 1492-1837, with Northwest and Fairfield City Schools, 10/05-8/08. $999,993.
  • Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, America's Journey to Freedom, 1492-1837, with Hamilton City Schools. 10/03-8/06. $750,000.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant - 1990.
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Fellowship - Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn, Germany, 1986-87.
  • University of Michigan Fellowship - 1984-86.
  • IREX Fellowship - Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle, GDR, 1985.
  • DAAD Fellowship - Universität Hannover, Hanover, Germany, 1983-84.
  • DAAD Summer Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 1980.

Internal

  • Miami University Hamilton Research Fund Grants, 2008, 2012.
  • Miami University Hamilton Academic Excellence Grants, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2009.
  • Miami University College of Arts and Scienes Teaching Enhancement Collaborative Grant, "Using New Technologies to Improve Learning and Enhance Student Participation in History Surveys: A Regional Campus Approach," 2002-2003.
  • Miami University Learning Technologies Enrichment Grant, 2000-2001. 
  • Miami University Hampton Fund for International Education grant, 1998.
  • Miami University Summer Research Appointment, 1997.
  • Miami University Committee for Faculty Research grant, 1996.

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Service

To the profession

  • Co-Chair of the Historical Geography and GIS network of the Social Science History Association, 2011 to the present.
  • European Social Science History Association, active participant and coordinator of panels for the History and Computing Network, 2005 - ongoing.
  • Co-Chair of the Rural History network of the Social Science History Association, 2005-08.
  • Ohio Board of Regents
    • History Transfer Articulation Group, 2014 to the present.
    • Ohio Transfer Module Committee for Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2015 to the present.
  • Ohio Academy of History
    • Program committee, 1999-2000, 2007-08
    • Executive Committee, 2006-08
    • Dissertation Award Committee, 1996-97, 2013-2016
  • Associate Editor, Essays in Business and Economic History, 1993-1998.
  • Trustee, Economic and Business Historical Society, 1993-1998.

To Miami University and the College of Arts and Science

  • Liberal Education Council, 2008-09.
  • Senate Committee for the Evaluation of Deans and Administrators, 2006-08.
  • Fine Arts and Humanities subcommittee, Graduate Council, 2005-07.
  • University Courses and Curriculum Committee, 2003-06.
  • CAS, Committee on Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness 2004-05.
  • CAS Curriculum Committee, 1998-2004, Chair, 2000, 2002-04.
  • University Disciplinary Board, 1999.
  • European Area Studies Committee, 1998-2006.

To the History Department

  • Advisory Committee, 2012-13.
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2012.
  • Ad Hoc committee to create on-line course evaluations.
  • Committee to draft prototype Study Abroad guidelines for History majors for the Teagle Foundation.
  • Holocaust Fund committee, 2007-11.
  • Speakers Committee, 2007-08.
  • Graduate Studies Committee, 2006-07.
  • Ad Hoc committee to create guidelines for the Holocaust Fund, 2006-07.
  • Ad Hoc committee on Havighurst Fund, 2005.
  • Advisory Committee, 1998-2003.
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, 1997-98, 2000-01.

To the Hamilton regional campus and the College of Professional Studies

  • Chair, Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, 2013-2016.
  • IT Strategic Plan Committee.
  • Chair, Faculty Concerns Committee, 2011-2014.
  • Chair, Committee on Committees, 2008-10.
  • Ad-Hoc Inter-Disciplinary Committee of Advisors, 2006-09.
  • Political Science position search committee, 2006-08.
  • Reader, Scholarship Sub-committee, 2000-07, 2010-2013.
  • Academic Concerns Committee, 2006-07.
  • Michael J. Colligan History Project Advisory Board, 2000-04.
  • Reader, Wilks Scholarship Committee, 2004-05.
  • Ad Hoc Committee on the John E. Dolibois History Prize, 2004.
  • Administrative Concerns Committee, 2000-03.
  • Chair, Michael J. Colligan History Project search, 2000.

Grants for working with schoolteachers:

  • Principal Investigator, Midwest Center for Teaching with Primary Sources grant, administered by Illinois State University for the Library of Congress, American Memory in Ohio, 2009.  $15,000.
  • Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, Ever-Greater Freedom, 1492-1965, with Middletown, Fairfield and Princeton Schools, 2008-11. $995,093.
  • Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, The Beacon of Liberty, 1492-1965, with Hamilton, Middletown and Mason Schools, 2006-09. $999,953. 
  • Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, America's Journey to Freedom, 1492-1837, with Northwest and Fairfield City Schools, 2005-08. $999,993.
  • Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, America's Journey to Freedom, 1492-1837, with Hamilton City Schools. 2003-06. $750,000.

Public talks as part of the MUH-Downtown Egghead Café series:

  • "Red Vienna"
  • "Vienna: Cradle of Modernity"
  • "Loyal to the End: Ludwig Alpers and the Monarchist Opposition to National Socialism"
  • "Liberals into Nazis"
  • "America to the Rescue: The Dawes Plan and the End of German Hyperinflation"
  • "The Coming Hyperinflation? Lessons from Germany in the 1920s"

Other public talks:

  •  "Liberals into Anti-Semites." Public lecture presented as part of Holocaust Awareness Week 2009.
  •  "Adolf Hitler in Myth and Reality." Public lecture presented as part of the Colligan History Project lecture series.

To the community

  • Judge, National History Day competition, 1998-2000, 2009-2015.
  • Reader for the Hamilton City Schools for the World War II Veterans Committee essay contests, 2004-05.
  • Talks to European History AP classes at Hamilton High School. 2004-06.
  • Students from the European History AP class at Hamilton High School attended lectures of my "Rise and Fall of Hitler" class on Thursday evenings, 2005.
  • Host family to international students for the Office of International Programs, 1997-2004.
  • Host family to exchange students from the Business University of Vienna summer program conducted by the German department, 1998-2002.

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