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Derrick J. Angermeier

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Graduate Alumnus

Derrick J. Angermeier is a recent doctoral graduate of 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. This fall he will present his research at two conferences: In October he will present a paper on the ties of Southern Eugenics to Transatlatic Nazism in Arlington Texas and in November he will present a paper on Nazi and Ku Klux Klan expectations for the future at the Southern Historical Association's Annual Meeting in Birmingham Alabama. In May 2018 Derrick had the honor of being the Graduate Fellow to the Transnational European Studies Berlin Seminar, a week-long engagement with Transnational Europe hosted by UGA and Notre Dame in Germany's capitol. Derrick prides himself on sharing his expertise and research with a public that must be made mindful of the past. 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?" In February 2018 he spoke about the role expectation played in everyday complicity in the Third Reich and Jim Crow South at a symposium co-sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the UAB Institue for Human Rights. 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, to name a few examples. In his research, community service, and teaching, Derrick strives above all else to bring the past to bear on as many minds as possible.    

Dissertation/Thesis Title:
Both Hitler and Jim Crow: Lost Causes and Imagined Futures in Interwar Bavaria and the New South, 1919 to 1939
Degree Completion Date:

MA, East Tennessee State University, History 2013

BA, University of Georgia, History and Political Science 2009

Of note:

Graduate Fellow of the Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies, May 2018

2018 Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship, Graduate School, UGA, April 2018

Virginia Historical Society 2018 Mellon Research Fellowship, March 2018

Travel Grant, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, February 2018

Wilson Center Graduate Research Award, October 2017

Graduate Student International Travel Grant, March 2017, February 2017

Graduate Student Travel Grant, March 2016, October 2016

Lunchtime Time-Machine Talk Graduate Student Audition Winner, October 2015

Outstanding Teaching Assistantship Award, April 2015 

Gregory Travel Grant, September 2014

Carl Vipperman Teaching Assistantship Award, May 2014                                                                          

Major Professor

Franklin Professor of History

External Committee

Stephen G. Fritz

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