Andrew Bergerson

Professor of History & Public Humanities

Office: 223C Cockefair Hall
Ph: 816-235-5728 x1
Fx: 816-235-5723


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 the faculty advisor for the interuniversity Graduate Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and 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 (co)authored three monographs: Ordinary Germans in Extraordinary Times (2004), 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 project focusing on the letters of an ordinary German couple before, during, and after the Second World War.


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

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

Principles for Scholarly Discourse: Statement of Principles rev 20 May 18

Curriculum Vita