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About David B. Dennis

David B. Dennis (Ph.D., UCLA, 1991; B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1984) is a Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses on modern European cultural and intellectual history as well as the cultural history of computing.

Having studied with scholars such as George Mosse, Harvey Goldberg, Robert Wohl, Eugen Weber, Saul Friedlander, Robert Winter, and others, Dennis’s own scholarship has focused on German cultural and political history. His Beethoven in German Politics, 1870-1989 (Yale University Press, 1996) examines evocations and uses of Beethoven’s biography and music by all of the major parties of 19th- and 20th-century German political culture.  The book attracted considerable international attention and was reviewed in both scholarly and popular media, including The New York TimesThe Financial TimesThe Guardian, the New Statesman and Society, the Frankfurther Allgemeine Zeitung, Music and Letters, the American Historical Review, the German Studies Review, and other publications.    

Dennis’s recent book Inhumanities: Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2012) provides an intense and comprehensive examination of the main publication of the Nazi Party, the Völkischer Beobachter, showing how that newspaper interpreted the History of Western culture, from the Ancient Greeks through the Weimar Era, in the context of Nazi ideology. It has received very positive critical attention from the Times Literary Supplement, the Literary Review, and other press and media outlets.  He has written numerous book chapters and articles appearing in a variety of journals including, the International Journal of Humanities, the Journal of Political and Military Sociology, and the German Studies Review.

His current interdisciplinary project, Modern History of Computing and Its Cultures co-authored with George Thiruvathukal, surveys the stages of computing history with critical historiographical methods and explores the relationships between these developments and their social and cultural contexts.


Present Professor, Loyola University Chicago Department of History


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