Jonathan Petropoulos

Jonathan Petropoulos, Ph.D.

John V. Croul Professor of European History

Areas of Expertise:
European History, Germany, Holocaust Art Theft/Looted Art, Radical Right Wing, World War II

Jonathan Petropoulos
(909) 607-2775
(909) 621-8419
Kravis Center 207

Office Hours

Wednesday: 1:15 – 3:15 pmThursday: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Biography
  • Education
  • Awards and Affiliations
  • Research and Publications
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1983); A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University (1990)
  • Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge University (U.K.), 2005–present.

  • Co-Editor for book series, “Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies” at the Verlag Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. (Berlin and New York), 2005-2014.

  • Huntoon Senior Teaching Award (outstanding teacher), Claremont McKenna College, 2002

  • New York Public Library, The Faustian Bargain named one of the 25 most memorable books of 2000.

  • Research Director for Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States 1999–2000.

  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society (U.K.), 2009–present.

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, fellowship for 2000-2001

  • Holocaust Educational Foundation, Research Grant, summer 1998

  • Enhancing Classroom Teaching (for trip to Holocaust sites in Eastern Europe), Loyola College, 1995

  • Selected as "Young Leader" by the American Council on Germany, August 1993

  • Harvard University Committee on Undergraduate Education Distinguished Teaching Award, 1988-89 and 1989-90

  • Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2014).

  • Royals and the Reich: The Princes von Hessen in Nazi Germany (New York/London: Oxford University Press, 2006)

  • The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000)

  • Art as Politics in the Third Reich (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996)

  • Co-editor with John Roth, Gray Zones: Ambiguity and Compromise During and After the Holocaust (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Press, 2005).

  • Co-editor with John Roth and Lynn Rapaport, Lessons and Legacies IX. Memory, History, and Responsibility: Reassessments of the Holocaust, Implications for the Future ( Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2010).

  • "For Sale: A Troubled Legacy," in ARTnews (June 2001), 114-20

  • "Kunstraub: Warum es wichtig ist, die Biographien der Kunstsachverstaendigen im Dritten Reich zu verstehen," in Dieter Stiefel, ed., Die Politische Oekonomie des Holocaust (Vienna: Querschnitt, 2001).

  • "Exposing Deep Files," in ARTnews 98/1 (Jan. 1999), 143-44.

  • "Holocaust Denial: A Generational Typology," in Peter Hayes, ed., Lessons and Legacies of the Holocaust: Memory, Memorialization, and Denial (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1998), 239-47.

  • "Business as Usual: Switzerland, the Commerce in Artworks during and After World War II, and National Identity," in Contemporary Austrian Studies VII (1998), 229-42.

  • Co-editor with Scott Denham (Davidson) and Irene Kacandes (Dartmouth), A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997)

  • Editorial Board Member for Elizabeth Simpson, ed., The Spoils of War: The Loss, Reappearance, and Recovery of Cultural Property During and After World War II (New York: Harry Abrams, 1997)

  • "German Laws and Directives Bearing on the Appropriation of Cultural Property in the Third Reich," in Elizabeth Simpson, ed., The Spoils of War: The Loss, Reappearance, and Recovery of Cultural Property During and After World War II (New York: Harry Abrams, 1996), 106-111.

  • "The Primacy of Kulturpolitik: Tolerance, Hegemony, and Subsumption in Interwar Austria as a Background to the Artist in Exile," in John Czaplicka, ed., Emigrants and Exiles: A Lost Generation of Austrian Artists in America, 1920-1950 (Vienna/New York: Oesterreichische Galerie, 1996), 71-100.