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Dr. Paul Vincent

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Associate Professor Emeritus
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Degrees & Credentials: BS Political Science, Oregon State University; MA History, University of Northern Colorado; AMLS Library Science, University of Michigan; PhD History, University of Colorado

Professional Interests: While specializing primarily on German history during 1914–1945, with special interest on World War II and the Holocaust, I am increasingly focused on American immigration history, with particular emphasis on refugee policy during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt.

Professional Background: Head of reference at Gustavus Adolphus College library (1980–81); humanities librarian and assistant director for public services, Franklin and Marshall College (1981–84); assistant head of West Campus Library, Ohio State University (1984–85); director of the Mason Library, Keene State College (1985–94); director of the Holocaust Resource Center/Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, Keene State College (1998–2007); chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Department, Keene State College (2009-present).

Awards and Accolades: Pinchas and Mark Wisen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2007–08); Distinguished Teacher Award, Keene State College (2008); Paul Harris Fellow (2011 and 2013); Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (Jan-June 2015).

Key Professional Work:

The Politics of Hunger: The Blockade of Germany, 1915–1919. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1985.

A Historical Dictionary of Germany’s Weimar Republic, 1918–1933. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.

“The Voyage of the St. Louis Revisited,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies 25 (Fall 2011): 252–289.

Personal: Married (wife Nancy T. Vincent, director of Keene Public Library); member of United Church of Christ in Keene; member of Keene Rotary Club.

Dr. Vincent, Professor of Holocaust Studies and History, chairs the Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He served as director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies from 1998 to 2007. A Ph.D. in modern European history (University of Colorado at Boulder, 1980), he has taught at Keene State College since 1985, when he came to Keene as Director of the Mason Library, a position he held until 1994. Professor Vincent instructs several courses, including The Holocaust (IHHGS/IHHIST 252), the Second World War (IHHIST 253), Nazi Germany & the Holocaust (HGS/HIST 353), and an advanced special topics (HGS 490) on America and Nazi Germany. As chair of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies major, he shares advising duties for students who select either the major or minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He is the author of two books: The Politics of Hunger: The Blockade of Germany, 1915-1919 (Ohio University Press, 1985) and A Historical Dictionary of Germany's Weimar Republic, 1918-1933 (Greenwood Press, 1997). While on sabbatical in 2007-08, he was the Pinchas and Mark Wisen Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. A key piece of his sabbatical research was published as "The Voyage of the St. Louis Revisited" in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 25 (Fall 2011). His on-going research is focused on the broad topic of American immigration policy, especially as it impacted the response to refugees between the spring of 1938 and the beginning of the Second World War. In 2008 Professor Vincent received the college's Distinguished Teacher Award. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2015.

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