Assistant Professor, History
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
HST 401 - The Consumer in Modern
HST 401 - Commodities in Modern
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
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.
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,
Historical Institute Washington, D.C., Summer Research Fellowship.
Thyssen Stiftung Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship.
Historical Institute Washington, D.C., Archival Summer Seminar in