Dr. Nancy RupprechtDr. Nancy Rupprecht

Professor of History
Adjunct faculty in Women's and Gender Studies
Chair: MTSU Holocaust Studies Program

E-mail: nancy.rupprecht@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-2645
Office Location and Mailing Address: Peck Hall, Room 275
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

FIELDS: Modern Germany, European Women Since 1700, Holocaust Studies

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: My primary research interest is the political, ideological, behavioral and gender socialization of German children in the pre-war Third Reich. I also work in Holocaust Studies, focusing on gentile and Jewish German Fluesterwitze or protest political humor in Nazi Germany-- jokes and commentary that functioned as an extremely dangerous forms of self-assertion and protest for Hitler's political enemies. However, because I need periodic breaks from both Nazis and Holocaust research, I also work on women's topics. In particular I have published and presented on the most militant wing of the British Women's Suffrage movement, Simone de Beauvoir, Colette, Lily Braun and others.

I served two terms as Director of the MTSU Women's Studies Program and have chaired the MTSU Holocaust Studies Program since 2000 as well as the last five MTSU International Holocaust Studies Conferences. "Global Perspectives on the Holocaust", the eleventh MTSU biennial International Holocaust Studies Conference will be held October 15-18, 2013 and focus on the 80th anniversary of Hitler's seizure of power: see http://www.mtsu.edu/holocaust_studies/


  • Western Civilization to and from 1715
  • Germany Since 1870
  • Women in Europe Since 1700
  • Europe 1900-1945
  • France Since 1870
  • Topics Courses in European History: Nazis and Victims, Women and the Holocaust, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Introduction to the Holocaust (Jewish and Holocaust Studies Minor)


  • Research Seminar in European History, Topic: The Third Reich and the Holocaust
  • Topics Seminar in European History, Women in 20th Century Europe: 1. Dangerous Women and Women in Danger in 20th century Europe
    2. Women and the Holocaust  (The above courses are cross listed in the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate), and The Great War and Its Aftermath in Inter-war Europe 1914-1939


Rupprecht, Nancy. The Holocaust and World War II: In History and in Memory 2013 (co-editor and 2 articles). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2013.

Rupprecht, Nancy. Holocaust Persecution: Responses and Consequences, 2010 (Co-editor and 2 articles). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.

Rupprecht, Nancy. "Live faithfully, fight bravely, die laughing": The Behavioral Socialization of German Boys in the Pre-War Hitler Youth" accepted for publication in Nationalism, War and Sacrifice to be published by the Library of Social Sciences.


The Enno Kraehe Award for Exceptional Service to the European Section of the Southern Historical Association
The King-Hampton award for Outstanding Service to Women at MTSU.
The Ayne Cantrell Award for Service to the MTSU Women's Studies Program.


Global Perspectives on the Holocaust
"Jewish Humor in the Holocaust Era"
"Neville Chamberlain: A Reappraisal"


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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