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Dr. Peter van Lidth de Jeude

Associate Professor of History
Chair of the History Department

Teaching Area



  • PhD, History, Pennsylvania State University
  • MA, History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • BA, Principia College


Peter van Lidth de Jeude's scholarship focuses on Modern European history with a special emphasis on Germany. He has worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and at Pennsylvania State University, where he also served as an instructor. van Lidth de Jeude's dissertation is about occupation bureaucrats during the First World War, which helped broaden his view of history, leading to a more global perspective. He is sharing this global perspective on history with students in his courses on everything from his speciality in European history to early-American history, non-Western history, and historical research methods.

Scholarly Interests

  • van Lidth de Jeude's scholarly interests involve Wilhelmine German society, in particular its bureaucracy and the stresses placed upon it in times of extreme crisis. He is also interested in the impact of war upon society more generally, as well as transnational and global perspectives in history.

Contributions to Field

  • van Lidth de Jeude's dissertation research entailed extensive travel to German archives to locate and study the personal papers of occupation bureaucrats.
  • He has shared his research at conferences organized by groups such as the Centre International de Recherché de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre.


  • Gerda Henkel Research Grant, Centre International de Recherché de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre, 2014
  • U.S. Student Fulbright Research Grant, Fulbright Program, 2013–2014
  • Sparks Research Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, 2014–2015
  • University Graduate Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, 2009–2010
  • Milton B. Dolinger Graduate Fellowship in the World War II Era, Pennsylvania State University, 2009–2010

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Society for Military History

Publications and Presentations

"‘A Branch in the Stream of Time’: Bismarck’s Quest for Stability from 1862 to 1871," Graduate Student Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008.

Dr. Peter van Lidth de Jeude CV