profile research teaching blog

CV in PDF format

Brendan Karch

History Department
Louisiana State University
224 Himes Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Harvard University – Cambridge, MA
PhD in History, May 2010.
Preparation fields: Germany Since 1786, Eastern Europe since 1700, Intellectual History of Western and Central Europe 1500-1800, Modern South Asian and Indian Ocean History since 1700

Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, PA.
BA with Highest Honors in History, 2002. Honors Minor in Art History.

Nation and Loyalty in a German-Polish Borderland: Upper Silesia, 1848-1960. Forthcoming with Cambridge UP in 2018.

“Polish Nationalism and National Ambiguity in Weimar Upper Silesia.” In Kamusella, et. al. Creating Nationality in Central Europe, 1880-1950: Modernity, Violence and (Be)Longing in Upper Silesia. Taylor & Francis, 2016.

“A Jewish ‘Nature Preserve’: League of Nations Minority Protections in Nazi Upper Silesia, 1933-1937.” Central European History 46:1, March 2013

“Democracy, Nationalism, and Self-Determination in Central Europe.” Review article for Contemporary European History 21:4, November 2012.

“The Upper Silesian Plebiscite and the Myth of Self-Determination.” Invited article for Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, Spring 2012.

“New Theories of Nationalism and the History of Opole” in: Bernard Linek, Krzysztof Tarka (eds.), Opole na przestrzeni wieków. Historiografia wobec nowych metod badania dziejów miasta [Opole Through the Centuries. Historiography in light of new research methods in urban studies], Opole 2008.

Review of Germans to Poles: Communism, Nationalism and Ethnic Cleansing after the Second World War by Hugo Service. German History, forthcoming.

Review of The German Minority in Interwar Poland by Winson Chu. European History Quarterly, forthcoming.

“Looking to Europe: Identities in Urbanizing Cracow.” Review of Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow by Nathaniel Wood. H-Net, March 2011.

“Rewriting Jews into German History.” Review of Jews and Other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity, and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925 by Till van Rahden. H-Net, July 2009.

Committee on Social Studies, Harvard University, 2011-2014
Lecturer in Social Studies and Freshman Seminar Program
- Design and teach interdisciplinary junior tutorial Nation, Race, and Migration in Modern Europe and freshman seminar Fascism from Mussolini to Today
- Teach sophomore tutorial on social theory; advise upperclassmen and senior thesis writers

History Department, Harvard University, 2010-2011
College Fellow and Lecturer on History
- Design and teach upper-level lecture surveys Modern Central Europe and Fascist Europe, 1918-45, and reading seminar Ethnic Cleansing and the Making of Nation-States

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, 2006-2009                                                     
- Teach introductory surveys on Western Civilization (since 1648) and World War II
- Coordinate course administration and teach upper-level course on postwar Europe

Classroom Teacher, Teach for America, 2002-2004
Lead classroom teacher at elementary level in Houston Independent School District. Texas state-certified educator. Completed over 200 hours of pedagogical training and professional development.

Central European History Society Research Grant, 2012
Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize (Best Dissertation in German History), 2011.
Gross Dissertation Prize (Best Dissertation in History at Harvard), 2010.
Whiting Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2009-2010.
Harvard Center for European Studies (CES) Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2009-2010 (declined)
Harvard Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Summer Research Grant, 2009.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2007-2008.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Dissertation Research Grant, 2007-2008. (declined)
Fulbright-IIE Research Fellowship for Poland, 2007-2008. (declined)
Harvard CES Graduate Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2007.
Summer FLAS for third-year intensive Polish, Jagellonian University, Krakow, 2007.
Resident Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard Univ., 2006–2009.
Summer FLAS for second-year intensive Polish, Jagellonian University, Krakow, 2006.

NYU Kandersteg Seminar, Kandersteg, Switzerland, April 2013 .Invited workshop on “Europe on the Brink: 1913”

European University Institute Conference, “From the League of Nations to the United Nations,” Florence, Italy, March 2013. Presented Paper “A Jewish ‘Nature Preserve’: League Minority Protections in Nazi Upper Silesia”

German Studies Association (GSA) Annual Conference, Milwaukee WI, October 2012. Presented Paper “Making Germans in Postwar Poland: The Case of Upper Silesia”

German Studies Association (GSA) Annual Conference, Oakland, CA, October 2010. Presented Paper “A Jewish ‘National Park’? Anti-Semitism and Jewish Protections in Nazi Upper Silesia.”

World Convention for the Association of Studies on Nationalities (ASN) Annual Conference, April 2009. Presented Paper “Nationalization and Integration in German Upper Silesia, 1921-33”

American Historical Association, Member, 2006-present.
German Studies Association, Member, 2006-present.
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2008-present.
Steering Committee for the Harvard Center for European Studies, 2008-09.
President, Henry Adams Graduate Student Society for Harvard History Department, 2006-2007.

Fluency in German. Reading knowledge of Polish and French. Basic knowledge of Spanish and Czech.