Manuela Achilles

Director of German Undergraduate Programs, Director of the Center for German Studies


New Cabell Hall, Room 233

Office Hours:

Mondays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and by appointment.  New Cabell Hall, Room 233

  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2005
  • M.A. University of Michigan, 1996
  • M.A. Free University of Berlin, 1996


German Cultural Studies and History, Weimar Republic, History and Theory of Democracy; Sustainability Studies

Recent Courses

  • Germany after 1918
  • Germany in the 20th Century
  • Democracy and Violence
  • Nazi Germany (crosslisted in German and History)
  • Hitler in History and Fiction (cross listed in German and History)
  • Neighbors and Enemies (cross-listed in German and History)
  • Germans and Jews (cross-listed in History and Jewish Studies)
  • Postwar German Literature and Culture (cross-listed in German and History)
  • Generation Green: Germany and the Environment (cross-listed in German; and Science, Technology and Society)
  • Topics in Business German: Umwelt und Energie
  • German for Professionals
  • German Crime Stories (Deutsche Krimis)
  • German Conversation
  • Western Civilization (1600 to the Present)


German Environmentalism in Transatlantic Perspective: A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited volume, Palgrave Macmillan 2013 (Climate and Energy series), with Dana Elzey.

Invisible Fatherland: Constitutional Patriotism and the Desire for Democracy in Weimar Germany – book manuscript (in progress).


"Anchoring the Nation in the Democratic Form: Weimar Symbolic Politics beyond the Failure Paradigm”, in: German Modernities from Wilhelm to Weimar: A Contest of Futures, ed. Geoff Eley, Jennifer Jenkins, Tracie Matysik; Bloomsbury 2016.

"Nuclear Power? No, Thank You!" Germany's Energy Revolution Post-Fukushima," in: Achilles (ed.), Environmental Sustainability in Transatlantic Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan 2013).

"The Economy Under the Nazis: Keynesianism Avant la Lettre?", 2013, Darden Business Publishing, UVA-GEM 112 (with Peter Debaere)

"With a Passion for Reason: Celebrating the Constitution in Weimar Germany," Central European History, Volume 43, Number 4 (December 2010), pp. 666-689.

“Reforming the Reich: Democratic Symbols and Rituals in the Weimar Republic,” in Weimar Publics/Weimar Subjects: Rethinking the Political Culture of Germany in the 1920s, ed. Kerstin Barndt and Kathleen Canning, Berghahn Books, July 2010, pp. 175-191.

“Nationalist Violence and Republican Identity in Weimar Germany,” in German Literature, History and the Nation, ed. David Midgley and Christian Emden, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004, pp. 305-328.

“‘Blutdurst’ und ‘Symbolhunger’: Zur Semantik von Blut und Erde,” in Spielräume des Einzelnen: Deutsche Literatur in der Weimarer Republik und im Dritten Reich, ed. Walter Delabar, Horst Denkler, Erhard Schütz, Berlin: Weidler Buchverlag, 2000, pp. 185-315.

Book Reviews

Review of Benjamin Ziemann, Contested Commemorations. Republican War Veterans and Weimar Political Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013), European History Quarterly, 46:1 (2016), 203-204.

Review of Shulamit Volkov: Walther Rathenau. Weimar's Fallen Statesman (New Haven: Yale UP, 2012); German History, first published online: March 3, 2015.

Review of Mark Edmundson, The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days (New York: Bloomsbury, 2007), published on H-German (August 2011).

Review of Christian Emden, Walter Benjamins Archäologie der Moderne: Kulturwissenschaft um 1930 (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2006), published on H-German (October 2007).

Review of Pamela E. Swett, Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin,1929- 1933 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Social History 31:4 (2006), 497-499.

Review of Laurence A. Rickel’s Nazi Psychoanalysis (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2002, published on H-German (March 2004).

Faculty List

Manuela Achilles

Director of German Undergraduate Programs, Director of the Center for German Studies

Dorothe Bach

Associate Director & Associate Professor, Center for Teaching Excellence

Benjamin Bennett

William R Kenan, Jr, Professor of German

Thomas W. Best

Professor Emeritus

Beth Bjorklund

Professor Emeritus

Paul Dobryden

Assistant Professor

Robin Ellis

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer

Gabriel Finder

General Faculty, Associate Professor and Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies

Jeffrey Grossman

Associate Professor and Chair

Janette Hudson

Professor Emeritus

William E. Jackson

Associate Professor Emeritus

Volker Kaiser

Associate Professor

William Little

Professor of German and Music Emeritus

Lorna Martens

Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Cora Schenberg

Assistant Professor

Marcel Schmid

Assistant Professor

Rebekah Slodounik

Assistant Professor

Walter Sokel

Professor Emeritus (Deceased 2/2014)

Gordon Stewart

Professor Emeritus

Renate Voris

Professor Emeritus

Chad Wellmon

Associate Professor