University of Pittsburgh


Gregor Thum

Associate Professor,
Director of Graduate Studies
PhD, European University Viadrina (2002)

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3524 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Curriculum Vitae


Modern German and Central European History

Polish-German relations

Nationalism, ethnic conflict, and forced migration

The symbolic meaning of architecture and urban planning


History Introductory Seminar: What was Communism? (HIST 1001)
Modern Germany (HIST 1131)
Berlin–Window on German History (HIST 1135)
Modern Polish History (HIST 1220)
Europe since 1945 (HIST 1385)
Readings in European History (HIST 2102)

Selected Publications

"Die polnischen Legionen in Saint-Domingue. Politik, Literatur, und die Verflüchtigung des historischen Geschehens," In Heinrich von Kleists Novelle "Die Verlobung in St. Domingo". Literatur und Politik im globalen Kontext um 1800, edited by R. Blänkner (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013)

Uprooted. How Breslau became Wrocław during the Century of Expulsions (Princeton University Press, 2011)

Helpless Imperialists. Imperial Failure, Fear, and Radicalization. Co-edited with M. Reinkowski (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013)

Stille Revolutionen. Die Neuformierung der Welt seit 1989. Co-edited with K. Kucher and S. Urbansky (Campus, 2013)

"Megalomania and Angst.The 19th-century Mythicization of Germany's Eastern Borderlands." In Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands, edited by O. Bartov and E. D. Weitz (Indiana University Press, 2013).


Fellowship at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (2008–2010)

"Ambassador of Wrocław" – Prize awarded by the Gazeta Wyborcza (2007)

Book Prize of the Polish monthly Odra (2006)

Georg Dehio Book Prize (2004)

VBKI Dissertation Prize (2004)


Mastering the East: The German Frontier from 1800 to the Present. A book-length manuscript in progress on the history of the German border in the east. It is the purpose of this book to shed light on the failing project of German empire building and its impact on the relations between German- and non-German-speaking societies of Central and Eastern Europe.