Robert G. Moeller

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Professor, History
School of Humanities
PH.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1980
Phone: History Department: (949) 824-6521
Fax: (949) 824-2865
University of California, Irvine
452 Murray Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Modern Germany; European gender; social and political
Academic Distinctions
Chancellor’s Award, Living our Values, 2014
School of Humanities Graduating Senior Award for Humanities Professor of the Year, 2014
Hans Rosenberg Prize for best journal article in central European history, 2005-7 (shared with Mary Nolan), awarded by Conference Group in Central Europan History, 2008
UCI Emereti Associatioin, Award for Mentoring Junior Faculty, Spring 2008
Faculty Achievement Award, UCI Lauds & Laurels, 2004
Teaching Innovator of the Year, UCI Celebration of Teaching Award Ceremony, 2004
“Distinguished Member” of the “National Society of Collegiate Scholarships” for my contributions to undergraduate education in the Humanities Core Course (2002)
Fraenkel Prize, Awarded by the Institute for Contemporary History and the Wiener Library for War Stories, 1999
Humanities Associates Teaching Award, 1999
Presidential Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Undergraduate Research, University of California, 1996
Article Prize of the Conference Group in Central European History, Best Article in the Field, 1994-96
Celebration of Teaching, University of California, Award for Innovation in Instruction in the School of Humanities, June 1998
Humanities Associates Teaching Award, June 1999
Research Abstract
My writing has focused on the social, political, and cultural history of modern Germany. In my book on the German peasantry in the First World War and the 1920s, I was primarily interested in the political behavior of groups in the middle-- between capital and labor-- in a period of sustained crisis. This study also allowed me to pursue my longstanding concern with the reasons for the triumph of the Nazis and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. The politics of the agrarian sector in the nineteenth- and twentieth- centuries were also at the focus of a collection of essays that I compiled and edited.

When I was finished with peasants, politics, and World War I, I fastforwarded to the post-1945 period and completed a book that explores the social, economic, and political status of women in West Germany in the period of post-World War II recovery by focusing on the reformulation of state policies affecting women's lives. By examining the extensive discussion and implementation of specific measures, the book illuminates how established conceptions of gender difference influenced public policy, and how social policy in turn shaped the objective conditions of women's social and economic status.

I've remained in the post-World War II period, completing a study of how West Germans came to terms with the past of the Nazi period in the 1950s, a series of articles that look at films that revisited the World War II battlefront, and a pair of articles that look at the legal treatment of male homosexuality in the 1950s and 1960s.

I've also combined my scholarly and pedagogical interests in a document reader, intended for classroom use, that offers primary sources on the Nazi state. And I am currently completing a complementary volume that will focus on Holocaust history and memory.
Editor (with Frank Biess), Histories of the Aftermath: The Legacies of the Second World War in Europe (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010)
"How to Judge Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg," German History (2013) 31 (4): 497-522.
War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001)
Editor, West Germany Under Construction: Politics, Society, and Culture in the Adenauer Era (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997)
“The Bombing War in Germany, 2005-1940: Back to the Future?” in Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century History, ed. Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn B. Young (New York: The New Press, 2009), 46-76.
“The Third Reich in Postwar German Memory,” in Short Oxford History of Germany: The Third Reich, ed. Jane Caplan (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 246-66.
“Private Acts, Public Anxieties, and the Fight to Decriminalize Male Homosexuality in the Federal Republic of Germany,” Feminist Studies 36:3 (2010): 528-52.
"Kmpfen fr den Frieden: 08/15 und westdeutsche Erinnerungen an den Zweiten Weltkrieg," Militrgeschichtliche Zeitschrift 64:2 (2005): 359-389.
" On the History of Man-made Destruction: Loss, Death, Memory, and Germany in the Bombing War", History Workshop Journal, Issue 61 (2006): 103-34.
" Germans as Victims? Thoughts on a Post-Cold War History of the Second World Wars" Legacies, History and Memory 17:1/2 (2005): 147-94.
"The Last Soldiers of the Great War' and Tales of Family Reunions in the Federal Republic of Germany," Signs 24, no. 1 (Autumn 1998): 126-46.
"The Homosexual Man is a 'Man,' the Homosexual Woman is a 'Woman': Sex, Society, and the Law in Postwar West Germany," Journal of the History of Sexuality (1994)
"Reconstructing the Family in Reconstruction Germany: Women and Social Policy in the Federal Republic, 1949-1955," Feminist Studies (1989)
"The Kaiserreich Recast? Continuity and Change in Modern German Historiography," Journal of Social History (1984).
Editor, The Nazi State and German Society: A Brief History in Documents (Boston: Bedord Books, 2009)
German Peasants and Agrarian Politics, 1914-1924: The Rhineland and Westphalia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986)
Editor, Peasants and Lords in Modern Germany: Recent Contributions to Agricultural History (Boston: George Allen and Unwin, 1986)
Protecting Motherhood: Women and the Family in the Politics of Postwar West Germany (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993)
Editor, West Germany Under Construction: Politics, Society, and Culture in the Adenauer Era (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997)
"War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany," American Historical Review 101 (October 1996): 1008-1048
UC Presidential Fellowship in the Humanities, 2004-5
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2004-5
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Innovation Grant Wilson Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1993-94
National Endowment for the Humanities, 1993-94
German Historical Institute, Senior Scholar in Residence, 1993-94 (declined in favor of Wilson Center), 1993-94
Rockefeller Foundation, Program in Changing Gender Roles, 1990
German Marshall Fund of the United States Grant, 1985-86
German Marshall Fund of the United States Grant, 1985-86
ACLS/Ford Foundation Grant, 1985-86 (declined)
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