Charles B. Lansing

lansingPh.D., Yale
Associate Professor

Office Hours Spring 2021: by appointment
Office: Wood Hall, Rm 323
Phone: (860) 486-4553
Fax: (860) 486-0641

Areas of Specialty

Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the Third Reich and the postwar German states; the Holocaust; European intellectual and social history; European imperialism and colonialism; education in modern Europe

Current Research Interests

The social, political, cultural, and intellectual legacy of Nazi Germany in the postwar German states; the relationship between the German aristocracy and the Nazi state/party in the Third Reich; attitudes and experiences of Germans under Allied occupation and in the early Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic. I am currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled German Nazi Hunters: The Central Agency and Germany’s Belated Search for Justice, that explores the role this state institution and its staff played in bringing to justice Nazi criminals and thereby helping shape German attitudes about the National Socialist past.


Raised in Dallas, Texas, Charles Lansing graduated with honors from Vassar College in 1993. As a Fulbright Fellow (1993-1994) he taught in a German high school in the former East German city of Wismar. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2004. He has been teaching at the University of Connecticut since 2004.



From Nazism to Communism: German Schoolteachers under Two Dictatorships, Harvard University Press (May 2010).


“Aristocratic Eigensinn and the Fight to Save the Ritterakademie am Dom, 1935-1945,” Central European History 43:2 (June 2010), p. 239-269

“Using the Archival Collections of the Central Agency for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes,” Mitteilungen des Bundesarchiv (16. Jahrgang, Themenheft 2008), p. 116-117.

“The Great Depression, Schoolteachers, and the Nazi Revolution in the Schools.” In David Hicks and Tom Ewing, eds., The Great Depression and Education: Lessons From A Global History (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006).

“German Colonial Empire,” “Rudolf Hess,” “Heinrich von Treitschke” “Joseph Goebbels” and “Krupp” in Encyclopedia of Europe 1789-1914 and Encyclopedia of Europe 1914-2004, Charles Scribner’s Sons (2006)