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Winson Chu

Associate Professor
 (414) 229-5206
 Holton Hall 327

Degree(s)

PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
MA, History, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
BA, History, University of California, San Diego, 1994

Research Interests

Modern Central Europe
German-Polish borderlands
Empires, national minorities, diasporas

Teaching Areas

German politics and societies
Social and cultural impact of war
Ethnic cleansing in Europe

Courses Offered

Hist 248 – The First World War
Hist 249 – The Second World War in Europe
Hist 363 – Germany – Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
Hist 371 – Topics in European History (Topic: German Politics, Societies and Cultures Since 1945)
Hist 850 – Colloquium on European History (Topic: Ethnic Cleansings in the Twentieth Century)
Hist 850 – Colloquium on European History (Topic: Nationhood and Exceptionalism)
Hist 940 – Seminar on Global History (Topic: Transnational Total War)

Special Honors

German History Article Prize for “A Sonderweg through Eastern Europe?,” German History Society, UK, 2013
Commendation, The Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for The German Minority in Interwar Poland, The Wiener Library, London, 2012
Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize, Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, for best dissertation in modern German history (co-winner), 2007
James H. Kettner Graduate Prize, UC Berkeley Department of History, for best dissertation, 2007

Selected Publications

Chu, Winson. “‘Lodzermensch’ and Litzmannstadt: Making ‘Virtually German’ sites in Łódź after 1989.” Constructing Pluralism: Space, Nostalgia, and the Transnational Future of the Jewish Past in Poland. Ed. Lehrer, Erica, and Meng, Michael. Indiana University Press, (2015): 193-207.
Chu, Winson. “Germans into Lodzers? Reinterpreting Karl Dedecius’s Poland in the Twentieth Century.” Cultural Landscapes: Transatlantische Perspektiven auf Wirkungen und Auswirkungen deutscher Kultur und Geschichte im östlichen Europa. Ed. Demshuk, Andrew, and Weger, Tobias. De Gruyter Oldenbourg, (2015): 169-186.
Chu, Winson. “Lodz/Łódź.” Online-Lexikon zur Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa. Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, (2013).
Chu, Winson. “The ‘Lodzermensch’: From Cultural Contamination to Marketable Multiculturalism.” Germany, Poland and Postmemorial Relations: In Search of a Livable Past. Ed. Kopp, Kristin, and Niżyńska, Joanna. Palgrave Macmillan, (2012): 239-258.
Chu, Winson. “National Socialism and Hierarchical Regionalism: The German Minorities in Interwar Poland.” Heimat, Region and Empire: Spatial Identities under National Socialism. Ed. Szejnmann, Claus-Christian W., and Umbach, Maiken. Palgrave Macmillan, (2012): 72-90.
Chu, Winson. The German Minority in Interwar Poland. Cambridge Universty Press, 2012.
Chu, Winson. “The Geography of Germanness: Recentering German History in Interwar Poland.” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, The German Historical Institute 42. (2008): 95-104.
Chu, Winson. “Metropole der Minderheit: Die Deutschen in Lodz und Mittelpolen, 1918-1939.” Die “Volksdeutschen” in Polen, Frankreich, Ungarn und der Tschechoslowakei. Mythos und Realität. Ed. Kochanowski, Jerzy, and Sach, Maike. Fibre, (2006): 95-111.