Flanagan, Drew

Flanagan, Drew

Dr. Drew Flanagan
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Contact Information:


217A Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. European History, Brandeis University 2018
M.A. European History, Brandeis University 2011
B.A. European History, Wesleyan University 2010

Academic Focus:

Dr. Flanagan is a specialist in 20th century French and German history, with a focus on the Second World War and the early postwar period, transnational and borderlands history, war and society studies, political anthropology and the history of memory. He teaches broadly in the areas of European and world history. In the past, he has taught courses including “Europe and Asia in the 20th Century” and “Borders, Regions and Ethnicities in Modern Europe.” At Pitt-Bradford, he teaches survey, intermediate and upper-division courses including “Europe in the 19th Century,” “Europe in the 20th Century,” and “World War I,” as well as Freshman Seminar.

Short Bio:

Dr. Flanagan has previously taught at Brandeis University and in the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Europe-Asia program in Le Havre, France. He has conducted archival research in France and Germany. He speaks French and reads German. He plays guitar and violin, sings, and writes folk songs.

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:

Dr. Flanagan has received a number of prestigious grants and fellowships, including a Chateaubriand Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship from the Embassy of France in the United States and a National Endowment for the Humanities summer scholarship.

He is completing a manuscript for a book on the Allied occupation of Germany after the Second World War (1945-1955), focusing on the French Zone of Occupation in southwestern Germany. The book places the French occupation in the global context of decolonization in the French Colonial Empire (after 1946, the French Union), and considers how French occupiers applied experience and knowledge gained in the colonies to their mission in post-Nazi Germany.

Dr. Flanagan has previously published one chapter in an edited volume:

“La Juste sévérité: Pacifier la zone française d'occupation en Allemagne occupée, 1945-49” in Emmanuel Debruyne and James Connolly eds. En territoire ennemi: Les occupations de la Grande Guerre et leurs héritières, 1914-1954 (Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2018).

A second chapter will be published in the very near future:

“Französische Reisende und die Geschichte des Rheins, 1945-55” in Angela Schwarz and Daniela Fleiss, eds., Die Reise in die Vergangenheit: Geschichtstourismus im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (Böhlau Verlag, 2019)