Joan Clinefelter

Joan Clinefelter

Dr. Joan Clinefelter is Professor and currently 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 specializes in modern European history, with a particular interest in modern Germany. (The photograph here demonstrates that she has been in love with Berlin since at least 1970.) In addition to numerous conference presentations, she has written several articles and one book, Artists for the Reich: Cultural and Race from Weimar to Nazi Germany (Berg, 2005). She continues to work on art in the Third Reich, and her new research program focuses on RIAS, a Cold War radio station based in West Berlin. Dr. Clinefelter's research has been funded by organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauchdienst, and the US Memorial Holocaust Museum.

Dr. Clinefelter offers a diverse range of courses and is well-known for her dreaded citation assignment. Students can expect to write many research papers, with proper citation, in her classes. She adores teaching and has won a number of teaching awards, including the Alpha Phi Foundation's International Professor of the Year honor. Dr. Clinefelter was also named the M. Lucile Harrison Professor for 2008, UNC's highest honor for faculty.

As chair of History, Dr. Clinefelter is always happy to meet with students who have questions or concerns about the History major, minor, or anything else. She can be reached by email at or by phone at (970) 351-2959. Dr. Clinefelter also holds regular office hours, which change every semester but can be verified by coming to the History Department in Ross 3270 or by calling 351-2905.


Dr. Clinefelter teaches the following classes:

  • HIST 121: Western Civilization, 1689 to the Present
  • HIST 382: Hitler's Germany, 1890-1945
  • HIST 383: The Great War and Its Aftermath
  • HIST 384: Three Germanies (East, West, Reunified)
  • HIST 385: The Holocaust
  • HIST 480: Senior Seminar (topics vary)
  • HIST 589: Modern European History

Contact Information


Ross 3270

Office Hours

TR 10:00am-12:00pm
W 1:00pm-3:00pm
and by appointment.


Dr. Clinefelter


Voice: (970) 351-2959
Fax: (970) 351-2199

Snail Mail:

Joan Clinefelter
Campus Box 116
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639