Derek Hastings

Derek Hastings

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Derek Hastings
Associate professor
Department of History

Derek Hastings, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of History. A member of the Oakland University community since 2003, Dr. Hastings’ specialties include modern European history, nationalism, gender studies, and the relationship between religion and politics.

The author of numerous scholarly articles and book reviews, Dr. Hastings regularly travels to Germany to conduct archival research. In 2010, his first book, Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism, was published by Oxford University Press. His current book project focuses on Nazi ideals of masculinity. While at OU, Dr. Hastings has been awarded three grants from the University Research Committee and received a Faculty Recognition Award for research.

In addition to seminars and capstone courses, Dr. Hastings teaches classes in European history, Nazi Germany, nationalism in modern Europe, the culture of the Weimar Republic, and Germany since 1740. Two of his undergraduate courses were selected as exemplary "Best Practices" courses in a national study organized by the College Board Advanced Placement history program. He also has co-edited a western civilization textbook published by Pearson-Prentice Hall.

Dr. Hastings holds a B.A. in history from Stony Brook University, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.  He studied at the University of Munich for one year.

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