Brendan Karch

Brendan Karch

Associate Professor

223A Himes Hall



Courses Taught

Western Civilization; Fascism in Europe


Current Research Interests

Nationalism in the Modern Borderlands of Central Europe;  Travel and Tourism Across the Iron Curtain


Interested in Directing Theses On

19th and 20th century Central and East European history, particularly Germany, Austria-Hungary (and its successor states), and Polish-speaking Europe



B.A., History, Swarthmore College, 2002

Ph.D., History, Harvard University, 2010


Notable Articles

“A Jewish ‘Nature Preserve’: League of Nations Minority Protections in Nazi Upper Silesia, 1933-1937.” Central European History 46:1, March 2013.

“Democracy, Nationalism, and Self-Determination in Central Europe.” Review article for Contemporary European History 21:4, November 2012.



Nation and Loyalty in a German-Polish Borderland: Upper Silesia, 1848-1960. Cambridge University Press, Fall 2018