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Professor Jason Crouthamel

Jason Crouthamel - D-1-228 MAK, (616) 331-2931,

Professor of History

Fields: Modern Europe, Germany, Memory, Gender, Sexuality

Degrees: Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001

For more information, please see Prof. Crouthamel's Curriculum Vitae.

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. His second book , An Intimate History of the Front: Masculinity, Sexuality and Ordinary German Soldiers in the First World War was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. This book uses soldiers' newspapers, letters and diaries to reconstruct ordinary soldiers’ conceptions of sexuality and masculinity. Prof. Crouthamel also has two co-edited (with Peter Leese) collected volumes on trauma and war forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016: Aftershock: Psychological Trauma and the Legacy of the First World War and Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After.  In addition, he has published articles the Journal of the History of Sexuality and Gender & History, and the Journal of Contemporary History. He is most interested in how modern war reconfigured the "warrior ideal", and his research focuses on how marginalized groups, including the mentally disabled, working class, homosexuals, and ethnic minorities defined themselves in relation to the "national community" and the memory of the war. Course topics include 20th century Europe, the History of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, Gender, Trauma and War, and World History. These courses use variety of media to complement lecture and discussion, including primary source analysis and documentary interviews, and Prof. Crouthamel 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.