M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University (2002)
B.A. from University of Virginia (1992)
Office: JFT 916A
Phone: (845) 257-2806
Dr. Evans' areas of specialty include modern Europe, modern Germany, and the history of science. Courses taught:
Modern Europe, 1500-present
World War II
World War I (Senior Research Seminar)
Modern European Social History (graduate)
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.