Jason Crouthamel - D-1-228 MAK, (616) 331-2931, firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor of History
Fields: Modern Europe, Germany, Memory, Gender, Sexuality
Degrees: Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001
Professor Crouthamel's research focus is on memory, trauma and masculinity in Germany during the age of total war. His first book is entitled The Great War and German Memory: Society, Politics and Psychological Trauma (University of Exeter Press, 2009). The book discusses "war neurosis" as a site of debate over welfare, traumatic experience, memory and gender in imperial, Weimar and Nazi Germany. He has also published articles recently in the Journal of the History of Sexuality and in Gender & History. His second book, An Intimate History of the Front: Masculinity, Sexuality and Ordinary German Soldiers in the First World War, will be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. This book uses soldiers' newspapers, letters and diaries to reconstruct veterans' conceptions of sexuality and masculinity. He is most interested in how modern war reconfigured the "warrior ideal", and his research focuses on how marginalized groups, including homosexuals, the mentally ill, working class, and disabled Germans defined themselves in relation to the "national community" and the memory of the war. He has explored the politics of memory and the history of sexuality in several journal articles (see Curriculum Vitae). Course topics include 20th century Europe, the Holocaust, Gender, Trauma and War, and World History. His focus on social and cultural history shapes his approaches to these classes. He uses a variety of media to complement lecture and discussion, including primary source analysis and documentary interviews. He challenges students to consider multiple perspectives on historical events, diverse systems of thought and values, and awareness of individual agency within the larger structures of power and ideology.
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