Russel William Lemmons
University Distinguished Professor of History
Dr. Lemmons graduated from Franklin College (B.A., cum laude, 1984), Miami University (M.A., 1986); (Ph.D., 1991). He also studied for a year (1988-1989) at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he was a Fulbright Fellow.
Recently he published Hitler's Rival: Ernst Thälmann in Myth and Memory. Dr. Lemmons also authored the book Goebbels and "DER ANGRIFF (University Press of Kentucky, 1994), and was a contributing writer for the Holocaust Chronicle; he has published several articles and reviews in scholarly and popular journals.
Dr. Lemmons has received grants from the Fulbright Scholar program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Holocaust Educational Foundation, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has also won the College of Letters and Sciences' Distinguished Research and Teaching Awards, and is a faculty scholar-lecturer. His current research project, concerned with the use of history as legitimization by the German left, is tentatively entitled Germany's Eternal Son: the Ernst Thälmann Myth, 1925-1989.
Dr. Lemmons is a member of the German Studies Association, University's Holocaust Commemoration Committee, and has served on several departmental committees. He has developed three new courses at JSU: "The History of Modern Germany," "The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler," and "The History of the Holocaust." His teaching responsibilities also include both halves of Western Civilization and "Europe Since 1945."