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


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: Beer, Bavaria, and the Remaking of Germany, uses beer as an analytic entry point for exploring the relationships between capital and industry, politics and regulation, and consumption and culture. The project uses commodity history methodology to connect subjects ranging from Nazi eugenic thought to western European market integration, and from postwar food scarcity to late modern globalization. His second project likewise seeks to understand Germany in global context. Shifting to the Weimar Republic, the project focuses on imperial legacies and memories that manifested in the lives of Muslim immigrants and in the geopolitics of Islam. He teaches broadly in modern German and European history and is excited to offer thematic courses in food history and the history of consumerism.

Research Grants and Awards

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.