New UMKC Guest Professor studies German Aristocrats in the Modern World

Tryg Has-Ellison newsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce that Dr. John Trygve “Tryg” Has-Ellison will be serving as a Guest Professor for the 2018-19 academic year.

Dr. Has-Ellison is the current Non-Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to this post, he was Vice-Consul in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Desk Officer for European Issues of Congressional interest in Washington D.C. His visiting appointment at UMKC coincides with his participation in the Command and General Staff Officers Course at Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

Before joining the Foreign Service in 2010, he was a Fulbright scholar at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich from 2001-2002, finished his Ph.D. at the University of Memphis in 2004, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg im Breisgau with the research group, “Freund, Goenner, Getreue” in 2009. He then taught European, Asian, and Global History at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington from 2005-2009. His area of specialized research is on German nobles and artistic modernism during the fin-de-siècle.

During his visit to UMKC, Dr. Has-Ellison will give two public talks through the History Department’s First Fridays Lecture Series in New Historical Research: one in the fall about his Foreign Service experiences and one in the spring on his manuscript, Janus-faced Modernity: German Nobles and the Shaping of Fin-de-siècle Artistic Modernism 1890-1914. He will speak to graduate students about alternative career paths in coordination with the Career Diversity Grant that the Department of History has received from the American Historical Association.  He will also be available for independent readings courses or thesis committees in his areas of research or Foreign Service experience.