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Jens-Uwe Guettel

Associate Professor in History and Religious Studies

413 Weaver Builidng
Office Phone: (814) 863-7318

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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 am interested in German colonialism and expansionism and German attitudes toward perceived “others”. My research is closely connected to the broader histories of Western liberalism, socialism, racism, and ethnocentrism. My first book looks at the links – both intellectual and practical – between American westward expansion and German expansionism from the American Revolution to the end of World War II.

My new book project traces German attitudes and policies toward labor migrants through the twentieth century to the present day. It highlights long-term trends that, for example, connect Max Weber’s negative attitudes toward Polish migrant workers during the 1890s with current assumptions of the cultural and intellectual incompatibility of Germany’s various migrant populations with the German majority population by present-day politicians such as Thilo Sarrazin.

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)

Research Interests:

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