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College of Arts and Humanities

Michael L. Meng

Michael L. Meng

Associate Professor; M.A. Program Director

Department of History
Office: 116 Hardin Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3153

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)

Curriculum Vitae


Global Intellectual History: Global Attitudes Towards Technology (Fall 2023)

Research Interests
European History; Central Europe; Intellectual History; Religion; Philosophy

I am currently writing a book, History, Death, and Salvation in European Thought, about different responses to death in European history.


Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Revolutionary Biopolitics from Fedorov to Mao. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023; co-written with Jeff Love.

Rebuilding Jewish Life in Germany. Rutgers University Press, 2020; co-edited with Jay Howard Geller.

Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective. Berghahn Books, 2017; co-edited with Adam Seipp.

Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland. Indiana University Press, 2015; co-edited with Erica Lehrer.

Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland. Harvard University Press, 2011.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

"Responses to Silence: The Jewish Museums in Berlin and Warsaw," in POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, vol. 37, 2025.

"Why Destroy a Synagogue? A Reflection on Hitler’s Metaphysical Antisemitism," German History, 2024.

"Writing on Death: Plague Narratives," Comparative Studies in Society and History, January 2022.

"Freed from Sadness and Fear: Politics, COVID-19, and The New Germany," German Politics and Society (fall 2021); co-written with Adam R. Seipp.

"Rousseau and Heidegger's Philosophy of Origins," Kronos (2020); co-written with Jeff Love.

"Heidegger's Silence," Kronos (2019); co-written with Jeff Love.

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