Jonathan Petropoulos, Ph.D.

John V. Croul Professor of European History



Areas of Expertise

European History
Holocaust Art Theft/Looted Art
Radical Right Wing
World War II


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1983); A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University (1990)

Awards and Affiliations

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

Research and Publications

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.

Göring’s Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and his World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2021).

And by appointment
Thursday, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.