Rudy J. Koshar

Position title: Emeritus Professor


Phone: 608.265.2578

Office: 4101 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4020 Mosse Humanities
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Rudy Koshar


My general field of study is modern German and European cultural and social history. My research has ranged across a variety of topics: the social roots of Nazism; the lower middle classes in European politics between the world wars; historic preservation and German national identity; German memory cultures; the history of consumption; the history of modern travel and leisure; and twentieth-century European religious thought and political theology. I teach surveys on European social-cultural history from the French Revolution to the present, as well as more specialized courses on modern European social history and German history since 1870. In recent years, I’ve turned to writing fiction. My short stories have appeared in Stockholm Review of Literature, Corium, Riptide Journal, Revolution House, Eclectica, and numerous other print and online magazines. One of my stories, “Saving Hermann Hesse,” a work of historical fiction, was a 2016 Notable Story in story South’s annual Million Writers Award competition. In 2015, I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, which recognizes the best fiction published in small presses.

My research interests include: Weimar culture and the rise of Nazism; Modern European literature and political fiction in the “age of extremes”; modern German social identities; memory and the built environment; history of travel and leisure


Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., Michigan State


Selected Awards

  • Second Place, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters 2013 Fiction Contest
  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, UW-Madison, 2008-09
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States Research Fellowship
  • Jean Monnet Research Fellowship, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • American Council of Learned Socieities Fellowship
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Professorship

History Courses Taught

  • History 120 – Europe and the Modern World 1815-Present
  • History 200 – Historical Studies – Topics: “Modern European Political Novels” – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 410 – Modern Germany 1871-present – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 415 – History of National Socialism
  • History 470 – Religious Thought in Modern Europe – Syllabus 2009 (pdf)
  • History 474 – European Social History, 1830-1914 – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 475 – European Social History, 1914 to Present – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
  • History 513 – European Cultural History, 1815-1870
  • History 514 – European Cultural History 1870-present – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 600 – Christianity and Culture in Modern Europe
  • History 600 – European Lives in the Twentieth Century
  • History 600 – Religion and Politics in Modern Europe – Syllabus 2010 (pdf)
  • History 600 – Fiction and Power in Modern Europe – Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
  • History 600 – Modern European Political Novels – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 600 – Weimar Culture and the Rise of Nazism” – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 845 – Whither German Histories? – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
  • History 866 – Seminar in Social History of Modern Europe
  • History 867 – Seminar in European Social and Intellectual History
  • History 891 – Proseminar in Modern European History: Central Europe