Derrick J. Angermeier is presently a PhD candidate in the History Department of the University of Georgia. His dissertation, under the direction of Dr. John H. Morrow Jr., explores the expectations, hopes, and fears for the future held by everyday people in the U.S. South and Bavaria, Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. Derrick has been awarded multiple research grants which have taken him across the U.S. South and to the southern German state of Bavaria. In October 2017, Derrick earned a Wilson Center Graduate Research Award to study the second Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina. Derrick prides himself on sharing his expertise and research with the public. In November 2017, he spoke on a panel hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that asked the complicated question "What did Georgians know about the Nazi threat?" As an instructor, Derrick prioritizes making the global events of the past more relevant to the American students of the present, an effort that has brought an array of discussions into the classroom ranging from Finland's experiments with Universal Basic Income, Genocide in the Belgian Congo, The Three Caballeros as World War II propaganda, sit-ins in the Athens Georgia Varsity, among many others. In his research, community service, and teaching, Derrick strives above all else to bring the past to bear on as many minds as possible.
Wilson Center Graduate Research Award: October 2017
Graduate Student International Travel Grant: May 2017
Graduate Student Travel Grant, June 2016, September 2016
Lunchtime Time-Machine Talk Graduate Student Audition Winner, October 2015
Outstanding Teaching Assistantship Award, April 2015
Gregory Travel Grant, History Department, University of Georgia, September 2014
Carl Vipperman Teaching Assistantship Award, History Department, University of Georgia, May 2014