Winson Chu

Winson Chu

Associate Professor

Office: Holton Hall, Room 327
Phone: (414) 229-5206


Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
M.A., History, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
B.A., History, University of California, San Diego, 1994

Research Interests:

Modern Central Europe
German-Polish borderlands
Empires, national minorities, diasporas

Teaching Areas:

German politics and societies
Social and cultural impact of war
Ethnic cleansing in Europe

Courses Offered:

Hist 248: The First World War
Hist 249: The Second World War in Europe
Hist 363: Germany – Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
Hist 371: Topics in European History (Topic: German Politics, Societies and Cultures Since 1945)
Hist 850: Colloquium on European History (Topic: Ethnic Cleansings in the Twentieth Century)
Hist 850: Colloquium on European History (Topic: Nationhood and Exceptionalism)

Selected Publications:

"A Sonderweg through Eastern Europe? The Varieties of German Rule in Poland during the Two World Wars," co-authored with Jesse Kauffman and Michael Meng. German History 31, no. 3 (September 2013) : 318-344.

The German Minority in Interwar Poland. In series: Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

"National Socialism and Hierarchical Regionalism: The German Minorities in Interwar Poland." In Heimat, Region and Empire: Spatial Identities under National Socialism, edited by Claus-Christian W. Szejnmann and Maiken Umbach. New York and Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 72-90.

“The ‘Lodzermensch’: From Cultural Contamination to Marketable Multiculturalism.” In Germany, Poland and Postmemorial Relations: In Search of a Livable Past, edited by Kristin Kopp and Joanna Niżyńska. New York and Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 239-258.

“The Geography of Germanness: Recentering German History in Interwar Poland.” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, no. 42 (Spring 2008): 95-104.

“‘Volksgemeinschaften unter sich’: German Minorities and Regionalism in Poland, 1918-39.” In German History from the Margins, edited by Neil Gregor, Nils Roemer, and Mark Roseman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006: 104-126.

“Metropole der Minderheit: Die Deutschen in Lodz und Mittelpolen, 1918-1939” [“The Metropolis of the Minority: The Germans in Łódź and Central Poland, 1918-1939”]. In Die “Volksdeutschen” in Polen, Frankreich, Ungarn und der Tschechoslowakei. Mythos und Realität, edited by Jerzy Kochanowski and Maike Sach. Fibre Verlag: Osnabrück, 2006: 95-111.

Special Honors:

German History Article Prize for "A Sonderweg through Eastern Europe?," German History Society, UK, 2013

Commendation, The Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for The German Minority in Interwar Poland, The Wiener Library, London, 2012

Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize, Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, for best dissertation in modern German history (co-winner), 2007

James H. Kettner Graduate Prize, UC Berkeley Department of History, for best dissertation, 2007