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Francis H. Squire Professor of History, University of Delaware

Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow of History - Class of Fall 2013


James Brophy is the Francis H. Squire Professor of History at the University of Delaware. A historian of modern Europe, his research focuses on the social, economic, and political history of nineteenth-century Germany. Among his books are Capitalism, Politics, and Railroads in Prussia, 1830-1870 (Ohio State, 1998), Popular Culture and the Public Sphere in the Rhineland, 1800-1850 (Cambridge, 2007), awarded a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book in 2008, and the co-edited two-volume anthology, Perspectives from the Past: Sources in Western Civilization (fifth edition; Norton, 2012). Brophy has written over two dozen essays for anthologies, surveys, and journals, including Past and Present, Journal of Modern History, and Central European History.

Brophy received his bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, completed graduate training at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, and earned his PhD from Indiana University (1991). He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, Fulbright Commission, German Academic Exchange Service, American Philosophical Society, and the International Research Exchange Program.