Winson Chu

Associate Professor
 (414) 229-5206
 Holton Hall 327


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. “’We must keep Upper Silesia': Joseph Roth, Polish Independence, and German Nationalism in the 1920s.” Contemporary European History. (In Progress) .
Chu, Winson. “Judaization, Europeanization, or Germanization: Łódź and the Politics of the Holocaust Sites in Post-Communist Poland.” Holocaust and Genocide Studies. (In Progress) .
Chu, Winson. “’Schlechte wirtschaftliche Lebensverhältnisse': German Narratives of Jewish Suicide in the Łódź Ghetto.” Zeitschrift für Genozidforschung. (In Progress) .
Chu, Winson. Review of Eric C. Steinhart, The Holocaust and the Germanization of Ukraine. The Journal of Modern History, (In Progress) .
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. “‘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. Review of Martin Winstone, The Dark Heart of Hitler’s Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland Under the General Government. . H-Soz-Kult, Communication and Information Services for Historians, 2015.
Chu, Winson. Review of Anna Moskal, Im Spannungsfeld von Region und Nation. Die Polonisierung der Stadt Posen nach 1918 und 1945. 73.2 Slavic Review, 2014: 406-408.