B.A., McGill University
M.A., University of Toronto
Ph.D., University of Toronto
David A. Messenger is Professor of History and Chair of the Department at USA. He previously taught at the University of Wyoming and at Carroll College in Helena, MT and joined USA in 2017. His specialty is 20th Century Europe, and he has focused on the significance of justice in the politics of reconstruction, especially in the aftermath of the Second World War. His primary focus of this has been on the foreign policies of the victorious countries in the war towards the dictatorship of Franco’s Spain in the 1940s. More broadly, Messenger is interested in human rights in international politics and the memory of war and violence in contemporary European societies and especially Spain. He has held fellowships from the Government of Spain, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Mershon Center for International Strategic Studies at the Ohio State University.
Contributing co-editor with Katrin Paehler, A Nazi Past: Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
Hunting Nazis in Franco’s Spain. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2014.
L’Espagne Republicaine: French Policy and Spanish Republicanism in Liberated France. Brighton, UK and Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, Studies in Spanish History
Articles and Chapters
with Andrew Szanajda. “The German Secret State Police in Spain: Extending the Reach of National Socialism,” International History Review 39:4 (2017).
“Europeanizing the Spanish Civil War: Contemporary Memory Culture in Catalonia” in Christina Kraenzle and Maria Mayr, eds., The Changing Place of Europe in Global Memory Cultures - Usable Pasts and Futures. New York: Palgrave, 2017.
“Memorial Democratic and Memory Politics in Catalonia,” Catalan Journal of Communications and Cultural Studies 8:1 (2016) . Special Issue “The Spanish Civil War 80 Years on: Discourse, Memory, Media.”
“Petitions to Franco: Arguments and Identities of Ex-Nazis in the Effort to Avoid Repatriation from Spain, 1945-1950” in David A. Messenger and Katrin Paehler, eds., A Nazi Past: Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe From Nazis to West Germans: Self Invention, Recast Identities and the Politics of the Past after 1945. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
“La colònia alemanya, els consolats nord-americans i la desnazificació a Vigo i Bilbao després de la Segona Guerra Mundial" (“The German Colony, American Consulates and Denazification in Vigo and Bilbao after the Second World War”) Segle XX: Revista catalana de história 5 (2012).
“Beyond War Crimes: Denazification, ‘Obnoxious’ Germans and Allied Policy in Franco’s Spain after the Second World War” Contemporary European History 20:4 (2011).
"Relations with Spain and Other European Neutrals" in William Pederson, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2011.
HY 101 Western Civilization I
HY 102 Western Civilization II
HY 390 Race, Migration and Identity in Modern Europe
HY 346 Second World War
HY 348 Hitler and Nazi Germany
HY 357 Europe Since 1945
HY 457/557 War & Memory in 20th Century Europe
HY 593 Exam and Thesis Introduction