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History Department

Faculty & Staff

Evans, Andy

M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University (2002)
B.A. from University of Virginia (1992)

Chair/Assoc. Prof.

Department: History
Office: JFT 916A
Phone: (845) 257-2806
E-mail: evansa@newpaltz.edu

Office Hours

T02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
R01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

or contact me for an appointment

Teaching Interests

Dr. Evans' areas of specialty include modern Europe, modern Germany, and the history of science. Courses taught:

Modern Europe, 1500-present
Modern Germany
Twentieth-Century Europe
World War II
World War I (Senior Research Seminar)
Modern European Social History (graduate)

Research/Creative Activity

Professor Evans is a historian of twentieth-century Germany with a particular interest in cultural history and the history of anthropology. His first book was a study of German anthropology during World War I. It examines how the First World War altered the physical and ideological spaces in which German anthropologists conducted their work, thereby facilitating a turn toward the virulently racist and nationalist “race science” of the 1920s.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

New Paltz Teacher of the Year Award



Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence, vol. II, since 1500. 7th Edition. Boston: Cengage, 2014, co-authored with Merry E. Wiesner, Bruce Wheeler, and Julius Ruff.

[Anthropology at War: World War I and the Science of Race in Germany]. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters:

“Science Behind the Lines: The Effects of World War I on German Anthropology,” in Doing Anthropology in Wartime and War Zones: World War I and the Cultural Sciences in Europe, eds. Monique Scheer, Reinhard Johler, and Christian Marchetti. (Bielefeld, Transcript Verlag, 2010), 99-122.

“Race Made Visible: the Transformation of Museum Exhibits in Early-twentieth-century German Anthropology.” German Studies Review 31/1 (2008): 87-108.

“A Liberal Paradigm? Race and Ideology in Late-Nineteenth-Century German Physical Anthropology.” Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post Soviet Space 8 (1/2007): 113-138.

“Anthropology at War: Racial Studies of POWs during World War I.” In Worldly Provincialism: German Anthropology in the Age of Empire, eds. H. Glenn Penny and Matti Bunzl (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003), 198-229.

“Capturing Race: Anthropology and Photography in German Prisoner-of-War Camps during World War I.” In Colonialist Photography: Imag(in)ing Race and Place, eds. Eleanor Hight and Gary Sampson (New York: Routledge, 2002), 226-256.