Alexander Vazansky

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Assistant Professor of History History (402) 472-2414 604 Oldfather Hall


Alexander Vazansky came to the history department at UNL as a lecturer in 2009. In the fall of 2014 he joined the department as assistant professor. Before teaching at UNL he had worked as a lecturer and M.A. coordinator at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg University.

Alexander's research interests include postwar German-American relations, GIs in Germany, and the 1960s in a transatlantic perspective. He is currently completing his manuscript entitled “An Army in Crisis: Social Conflicts in the United States Army, Europe and 7th Army, 1968-1975.” For his next research project Alexander will look at militarism and anti-militarism in West Germany during the 70s and 80s.


19th and 20th Century Germany
19th and 20th Century Europe
The 1960s in Europe and the United States
History of the Cold War
Western Civilization

  • Jolanta and Soheyl Ghaemian Travel Fund for Scholars, awarded by the Ghaemian Foundation, Heidelberg, December 27, 2007-January 7, 2008.
  • Schurman Scholarship for American History awarded by the Society for the Promotion of the Schurman Library for American History at the University of Heidelberg. October 1, 2002-September 31, 2003.
  • German Historical Institute Doctoral Fellowship, Washington, D.C., March 1-May 31, 2001.
  • Co-editor with Marco Abel, “What Was Politics in ‘1968’?” Special issue of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture (Routeledge, forthcoming).
  • “Army in Anguish: The United States Army, Europe, in the Early 1970s.” GIs in Germany: The Social, Economic, Military, and Political History of the American Military Presence. Edited by Detlef Junker and Thomas Maulucci. Cambridge University Press (Cambridge University Press, August 2013).
  • Co-author with Stefan L. Brandt, “American Cultural ImagiNation: The New Americanists and the Bush Revolution” American Studies: Shifting Gears Edited by Birte Christ et al. (Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2010).
  • Civil Rights und Black Power in Rheinland-Pfalz. Amerikaner in Rheinland-Pfalz: Alltagskulturelle Begegnungen. Edited by Werner Kremp (Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009).
  • “Resistance inside the Army: GI Organizing in West Germany, 1968-1975,” accepted for the German Studies Association 38th Annual Conference, September 18-21, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.
  • “What Was Politics in ‘1968’?” Seminar at the German Studies Association 37th Annual Conference, October 3-6, 2013, in Denver, CO, coorganized with Marco Abel.
  • “‘Give Us Afros or Give Us None!’ Black Power and Civil Rights in the United States Army, Europe, 1968-1975,” presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the Transatlantic Studies Association July 8-11, 2013, at North Umbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Ph.D., History, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, 2009.
M.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1999.


Postwar Germany and Europe, Transatlantic Relations, GIs in Germany, Civilian Military Relations