Nazi Germany, Holocaust, modern Europe, Jewish
Phone: (802) 656-1438
Professor Alan E. Steinweis specializes in the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked under the distinguished historian Gerhard L. Weinberg. He is the author of three books: Art, Ideology, and Economics in Nazi Germany: The Reich Chambers of Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts (University of North Carolina Press, 1993; paperback 1996); Studying the Jew: Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany (Harvard University Press, 2006; paperback 2008); and Kristallnacht 1938 (Harvard University Press, 2009). Studying the Jew was designated a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. He has co-edited four further volumes: The Impact of Nazism: New Perspectives on the Third Reich and Its Legacy (University of Nebraska Press, 2003; paperback 2007); Coping with the Nazi Past: West German Debates about Nazism and Generational Conflict, 1955-1975 (Berghahn Books, 2006, paperback 2007); The Law in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (Berghahn Books, 2013); and The Germans and the Holocaust: Popular Responses to the Persecution and Murder of the Jews (Berghahn, forthcoming 2015). In 2014 he edited an issue of Münchner Beiträge zur jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur devoted to the Holocaust in Munich. He is the series editor of the American edition of the Comprehensive History of the Holocaust, a monograph series sponsored by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust research and commemoration authority of the state of Israel, and published by the University of Nebraska Press. He has also published several articles addressing the memory of the Holocaust in Germany and the United States.
Professor Steinweis has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Fulbright Commission, and the Skirball Foundation. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Hannover, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Munich, and Beersheva, and has been a visiting fellow at the Free University of Berlin and at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Contemporary History, Munich-Berlin.
In addition to his appointment in the Department of History, Professor Steinweis serves as Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies at UVM.