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David Tompkins

Director of Cross-Cultural Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies
Director of European Studies, European Studies
Director of the Center for Global and Regional Studies, Center for Global and Regional Studies
Professor of History, History

Education & Professional History

Rice University, BA; Université de Provence (France), licence; Columbia University, MA, PhD

I specialize in the history of modern Central Europe, and am particularly interested in the relationship between culture and politics during the Cold War. My book Composing the Party Line: Music and Politics in Early Cold War Poland and East Germany appeared with Purdue University Press in 2013, and I have published articles in German History, The Polish Review, and many edited volumes. My current project examines images of the other in the Soviet bloc. At Carleton, I offer a wide range of courses on the history of modern Europe, including seminars on music and politics, visual images and socialism, dictatorships, and the Holocaust.

At Carleton since 2008.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2020
    HIST 100: Music and Politics in Europe since Wagner
  • Winter 2021
    HIST 250: Modern Germany
  • Spring 2021
    CCST 180: Crossing Borders: Global Contexts of Migration and Immigration
    EUST 398: Senior Colloquium
  • Fall 2021
    HIST 347: The Global Cold War
  • Winter 2022
    CCST 208: International Coffee and News
    CCST 398: The Cross-Cultural Panorama: A Capstone Workshop
  • Spring 2022
    EUST 398: Senior Colloquium
    HIST 141: Europe in the Twentieth Century
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Curriculum Vitae