Charles B. Lansing

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Yale

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 finishing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled German Nazi Hunters: The Search for Justice after the Holocaust, that explores the role West Germany’s primary Nazi hunter agency, the Central Agency for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes, played in bringing to justice Nazi criminals and thereby helping shape German attitudes about the National Socialist past.


Charles Lansing received his A.B. from Vassar College in 1993 and 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)

Charles Lansing on Sept. 7, 2021. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
Contact Information
Mailing Address241 Glenbrook Road, U-4103, Storrs CT 06269
Office LocationWood Hall, Rm 323
CampusCampus: Storrs
Office HoursOn Leave Spring 2024