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Freeman Professorship

Along with permanent faculty members, the history department brings a distinguished visiting historian to campus annually through the Douglas Southall Freeman Professorship, established in honor of the noted biographer and journalist by his family. The Freeman Professor teaches one course and either delivers a series of public lectures or organizes an historical conference. 

The Department of History has named Richard J. Evans, Regius Professor of History, Emeritus, and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge as the 2017–18 Douglas Southall Freeman Professor. He will be in residence during the spring semester.

Sir Richard is widely considered the world's greatest living historian of modern Germany.  Among his eighteen books are The Feminist Movement in Germany, 1894-1933; Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, 1830-1910; Rituals of Retribution: Capital Punishment in Germany, 1700-1987;  and his magisterial three-volume history of the Third Reich.  He will teach a course on The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany.