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Jens-Uwe Guettel

Jens-Uwe Guettel

Associate Professor in History and Religious Studies

413 Weaver Builidng
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD, Yale University, 2007
  2. MPhil, Yale University, 2003
  3. MA, Yale University, 2001


I am a historian of modern German history. I have previously worked on the domestic ramifications of empire and colonial expansion for nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany, and on Nazi expansionism between 1939 and 1945. My book German Expansionism, Imperial Liberalism, and the United States thus traces the intersections between nineteenth-century US-westward expansion and German colonialism from the late eighteenth century to the end of World War II.

I am currently working on a history of radical democratic dissent in Germany before 1918. Socialists, anarchists, and, for example, proponents of gay rights – all targeted politically and socially by German authorities – transformed Germany before 1914. The rise of this radical-democratic discontent in the German Empire from the state’s founding to the outbreak of World War I in August 1914 provides the basis for The Dialectics of Radical Reform in Germany, 1871-1914, my second book.

Recent Publications:

German Expansionism, Imperial Liberalism, and the United States, 1776-1945 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

“The Myth of the Pro-Colonialist SPD: German Social Democracy and Imperialism before the First World War,” Central European History, Volume 45, Number 34 (September 1, 2012).

“From the American Frontier to German South-West Africa: German Colonialism, Indians, and American Westward Expansion,” Modern Intellectual History, Volume 7, No. 3 (2010), pp. 523–552.

Awards and Service:

Haag Faculty Grant, Department of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University (2012)
Africana Research Center Faculty Grant, Pennsylvania State University (2010)
Bernadotte E. Schmmitt Research Fellowship, American Historical Association (2009)
Beinecke Collection of Manuscripts & Archives Research Fellowship (2005)

Areas of Specialization:

Modern Europe: