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David Tompkins

Director of Cross-Cultural Studies, Cross-Cultural 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

  • Winter 2023
    CCST 208: International Coffee and News
    CCST 398: The Cross-Cultural Panorama: A Capstone Workshop
    HIST 250: Modern Germany
  • Spring 2023
    HIST 346: The Holocaust
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Curriculum Vitae