Dr. Joan Clinefelter is a professor and Chair of the Department of History.
She came to UNC in 1995 after earning her A.B. from Grinnell College and MA and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Dr. Clinefelter's specialties are Modern Europe and Modern Germany, especially the Third Reich and the Cold War. She has written several articles and one book, Artists for the Reich: Culture and Race from Weimar to Nazi Germany (Berg, 2005). She has just returned from 5 months in Berlin and a year-long sabbatical. Her current obsession is the Cold War radio station RIAS, and in her vast amounts of spare time, she is working on articles and a book about RIAS. Dr. Clinefelter has received numerous grants to fund her research, most recently from the UNC Provost Fund (2009/10), the National Endowment for the Humanities (2008) and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (2006).
Dr. Clinefelter offers a diverse range of courses and is well-known for her dreaded citation assignment. Students can expect to do many research papers, with proper footnotes, in her classes. She is always focused on her teaching and has won a number of teaching awards, including the Alpha Phi Foundation's International Professor of the Year honor. She was also named the M. Lucile Harrison Professor for 2008, UNC's highest honor for faculty.
Beginning in 2010, Professor Clinefelter began her service as chair of the Department of History. If you have questions about the major or need assistance, feel free to come and visit. You might have to make an appointment, but she will do the best to work with your schedule. You can set up an appointment by calling 351-2905 or emailing her.
Dr. Clinefelter regularly teaches the following classes:
- HIST 121: Introduction to Western Civilization, 1689-Present
- HIST 382: Hitler's Germany
- HIST 384: Three Germanies
- HIST 392: Women in Europe since 1700
- HIST 589: Modern European History