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About Sace E. Elder

My current research focuses on the social and cultural history of violence and crime in late nineteenth and twentieth-century Germany. My current book project deals with the campaign against cruelty to children in Germany from the Wilhelmine to the Nazi periods. I am particularly interested in the ways in which child protectionists renegotiated the limits of acceptable violence (physische Gewalt) in German society, as well as challenged the legal and cultural terms of parental authority (elterliche Gewalt). This research has developed out of my first book project, Murder Scenes: Normality, Deviance, and Criminal Violence in Weimar Berlin(The University of Michigan Press, June 2010), which examines the role of murder in Weimar diagnoses of social crisis and urban modernity and demonstrates the interaction of the press, the police, and ordinary Berliners in creating a public culture of policing and surveillance.


Present Chair, Eastern Illinois University History
Present Professor, Eastern Illinois University History


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Achievement and Contribution Award (Teaching)
  • 2011 Council on Faculty Research Summer Grant Award
  • 2011 Redden Grant


  • HIS 5430: Readings in Modern German History
  • HIS 4845: Women and Gender in Modern Europe
  • HIS 3450: Modern Germany
  • HIS 3415: World War I
  • HIS 3555: Modern World History
  • HIS 2500: Historical Research and Writing
  • WST 2309: Women, Men, and Culture


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact Information

Office: 2542 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 2175816380

Office Hours for Fall 2018: MW 2-3 and T 1-3

Courses taught Fall 2019: HIS 1101 (10-10:50 M) and HIS 5820 (7:00pm-9:30pm W)

Research Works (14)