Russell Spinney

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Russell A. Spinney received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2009.  Dr. Spinney teaches modern German, Eastern European and Holocaust history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, focusing on the aspects of everyday life, ordinary people and the influence of emotions in the politics of the Weimar Republic.  Dr. Spinney is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation, entitled, The Nation in Peril?  Rethinking how Fear Influenced Everyday Life and Politics in the Weimar Republic, concentrating in part, on Jewish and non-Jewish German responses to increasing everyday forms of antisemitic persecution in the Weimar Republic.  Dr. Spinney is also embarking on a new comparative study of terror, genocide and human rights in the twentieth century that especially aims to help document the testimonies of people who have experienced more recent cases of persecution and violence. Dr. Spinney is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently a Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar Faculty Fellowship from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and a Junior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s East European Studies Seminar.  His research on early US history has also appeared as an article, ‘Through the Sons of the Old Chiefs: Surveying Space, Identity and European-American Relationships in the “New Purchase” Territory (Centre County, Pennsylvania 1769-1778),’ in Pennsylvania’s Revolution, edited by William Pencak, University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 2010

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