Andrew Bergerson

Professor of History & Public Humanities

Office: 223C Cockefair Hall
Ph: 816-235-6118 x1


Professor Drew Bergerson is an historian of modern Germany with particular interest in the history of everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte), ethnographic/oral history, interdisciplinary German studies, and the public humanities. He teaches a range of courses on modern German, modern European, and modern global history. He is also a faculty member in the Humanities Consortium.

Dr. Bergerson was born in New York. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1998; has taught in France, Germany, and Taiwan; and was awarded the UMKC Trustee’s Faculty Scholar Award for Research in 2005. He has authored or coauthored various monographs including: Ordinary Germans in Extraordinary Times (2004; auf Deutsch: Nationalsozialismus in alltäglichen Interaktionen [2019]), The Happy Burden of History (2011), and Ruptures in the Everyday (2017).

Since 2011, he has been one of the project leaders for Trug und Schein, a public-humanities “citizen science” project focusing on the letters of an ordinary German couple before, during, and after the Second World War. Since 2017, he has been working with colleagues and students from UMKC, UMSL, Uni-Hamburg, Uni-Wien, and Uni-Wrocław on a virtual, interuniversity graduate research seminar researching and writing the history of German Migration to Missouri. The first publication can be found here. More to come!


ANCH 214, GECRT-AH 101, HIST 208, 417R, 418R, 419R, 430RA, 436R, 437A, 437B, 437C, 437D, 5581GR, 5586GR, 5587R

Academic Credentials

B.A., History, Cornell University (1990)
M.A./Ph.D., History, The University of Chicago (1998)

Visiting Appointments

Department of History, National Taipei University, Sanxia, Taiwan (2015)
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Wien, Austria (2015)
Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique, L’Université Paris X–Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France (2015)
Institut für Geschichte, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim, Germany (2006, 2009)
Department of History, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (1998-99)

Student Resources

Instructional Videos: Decoding the Old German Scripts: Lower Case, Upper Case

Principles for Scholarly Discourse: Statement of Principles

Curriculum Vita