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Professor Jason Crouthamel

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

Professor of History

Fields: Modern Europe, Germany, Memory, Trauma, Gender, Religion

Degrees: Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001

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

Professor Crouthamel's research focus is on the history of memory, trauma, masculinity and religious experience in Germany during the two world wars.


An Intimate History of the Front

Psychological Trauma and the First World War

His first book is The Great War and German Memory: Society, Politics and Psychological Trauma (Liverpool University 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 letters and diaries to reconstruct front soldiers’ conceptions of sexuality and masculinity in the trenches.

Prof. Crouthamel also has two co-edited (with Peter Leese at the University of Copenhagen) collected volumes on trauma and war: Psychological Trauma and the Legacy of the First World War and Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After, both published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. These two companion volumes uncover new sites of modern traumatic experience in transnational contexts and with interdisciplinary approaches to trauma representation, narratives and sites of memory.

Psychological Trauma and the Second World War

Professor Crouthamel has also co-edited (with Michael Geheran, Julia B. Köhne and Tim Grady) the collected volume Between Inclusion and Exclusion: Central European Jews and the First World War, which is forthcoming with Berghahn Books in 2018.

He is also working on a monograph titled: Trauma, Religion and Spirituality in Germany During the First World War, which is under contract with Bloomsbury. 

In addition to his monographs and edited volumes Prof. Crouthamel has published articles and book chapters on trauma, memory, gender history and other topics – please see link to CV.

Course topics taught by Prof. Crouthamel include 20th century Europe (HST 386), Modern Germany (HST 387), the History of Nazi Germany (HST 200), the Holocaust (HST 400, HNR 231), History Under Fire (HST 495), European Civilizations (HST 102), and other courses. He is also available for independent study and senior thesis courses on modern European history, gender and war, history of memory, history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and other courses.