Chu, Winson

Associate Professor, History


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

Courses Taught

  • Hist 248 - The First World War
  • Hist 249 - The Second World War in Europe
  • Hist 293 - Seminar on Historical Method, Theory, and Approach
  • Hist 363 - Germany – Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
  • Hist 371 - Topics in European History (Topic: German Politics, Societies and Cultures Since 1945)
  • Hist 371 - Topics in European History (Topic: The Habsburg Empire)
  • Hist 840 - Colloquium on Global History (Topic: Nationhood)
  • 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)

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Special Honors

  • Office of Research / UWM Foundation Research Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2018.  Recognition for excellence in research.
  • Faculty Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2017–18.  Recognition for excellence in teaching.
  • German History Article Prize for "A Sonderweg through Eastern Europe?," German History Society, UK, 2013\nCommendation, 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