Robert Terrell

Assistant Professor, History

Robert Terrell

Contact Information

532 Eggers Hall


Ph.D., University of California San Diego, 2018


Modern Germany and Europe, commodity and food history, global and transnational history, the history of Islam and Muslims in Europe


HST 314 - Europe from Bismarck to World War One
HST 316 - Europe since 1945
HST 362 - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
HST 401 - The Consumer in Modern Europe
HST 401 - Commodities in Modern Europe


Robert Terrell is a historian of modern Germany and Europe whose research and teaching interrogate the cultural and political histories of modern Germany in transnational and global frameworks. His first book project, The People’s Drink: The Politics and Culture of German Beer in the Twentieth Century, argues against a well-worn narrative (and even stereotype) that locates the production and consumption of beer at the very heart of a timeless German identity. Against the backdrop of wider political, economic, and cultural processes in the 20th century, the book explores how and why political leaders, brewers, advertisers, and consumers contested and constructed Germanness vis-a-vis the production and consumption of beer. His second project is a global and post-imperial history of the Weimar Republic focusing on entanglements with the Muslim world. He teaches modern German and European history and offers thematic courses on food, commodities, and consumerism.


Research Grants and Awards

2019                Alvin Achenbaum Travel Grant from the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History and the David M.                                                Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University.

2017-18           Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Max Kade Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship: Declined.  

2017                Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Visiting Research Fellowship, Rachel Carson Center for Society and Environment, Munich.

2016                University of California San Diego Dissertation Writing Fellowship.  

2016                German Historical Institute Washington, D.C., 22nd Annual Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar.  

2015                J. William Fulbright Doctoral Research Fellowship to Germany; associate at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität, Munich.  

2014                German Historical Institute Washington, D.C., Summer Research Fellowship.  

2013                Fritz Thyssen Stiftung Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship.  

2013                German Historical Institute Washington, D.C., Archival Summer Seminar in Germany.