Brandon Bloch

Brandon Bloch

College Fellow
Bloch

Brandon Bloch is College Fellow in Modern European History at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on Nazi Germany, Postwar Europe, and the idea of Europe from the Enlightenment to present-day controversies surrounding migration and diversity. His research focuses on the history of twentieth-century Germany and Central Europe, especially themes of religion and politics, intellectuals in public life, and the role of Central Europeans in international human rights movements. His current book project asks how West Germany's Protestant churches emerged as vocal advocates for democracy and human rights after the Second World War, following a legacy of compromise and complicity under National Socialism. It explores the ongoing salience of religious communities for German debates about national identity, historical responsibility, and the ethics of democratic citizenship, during the Cold War and beyond.

 

Bloch received his PhD from Harvard in May 2018 and has held fellowships from the Krupp Foundation, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University of Berlin. His work has appeared in Modern Intellectual History.

 

Teaching:

 

Fall 2018:

 

History 13W: Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

 

Spring 2019:

 

History 13X: Europe and its Others: From the Enlightenment to the European Union

 

History 1053: After Catastrophe: Europe since 1945

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