Michael Meng

Assistant Professor of History

Clemson University

Michael Meng is Assistant Professor of History at Clemson University in South Carolina. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For his Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship, Dr. Meng is conducting research for his project, “Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Sites in Postwar Germany and Poland,” which will be coming out with Harvard University Press in November 2011.

Dr. Meng is the author of the forthcoming book Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Sites in Postwar Germany and Poland as well as, “Did the Poles Collaborate or Resist the Nazis? Problems with Narrating the Holocaust in Poland,” in editors Jonathan Petropoulous, Lynn Rapaport, and John K. Roth’s Memory, History, and Responsibility: Reassessments of the Holocaust, Implications for the Future (2010); “The Politics of Antifascism: Historic Preservation, Jewish Sites, and the Rebuilding of Potsdam’s Altstadt,” in editors Gavriel Rosenfeld and Paul Jaskot’s Beyond Berlin: German Cities Confront the Nazi Past (2008); “East Germany’s Jewish Question: The Return and Preservation of Jewish Sites in East Berlin and Potsdam, 1945-1989” in Central European History 38, no. 4 (2005); and “After the Holocaust: The History of Jewish Life in West Germany” in Contemporary European History 14, no. 3 (2005). He is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Research Grant, an East European Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, Dissertation Research Grants from the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University of Berlin, a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, the Peter Hayes Research Fellowship from the Holocaust Education Foundation, and a Production and Presentation Grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In addition, Dr. Meng is also the recipient of distinguished awards, including the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize of the Friends of the German Historical Institute and the Linda Dykstra Distinguished Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has given numerous presentations on his research in Germany, Poland, Israel, and the United States. In 2010, he co-organized with Erica Lehrer of Concordia University a summer research workshop on The Politics of Jewish Spaces: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Preservation, Memory, and Renewal in Post-Holocaust Poland at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is fluent in German and Polish.