Brian Crim, PhD

Associate Professor of History

Brian Crim


505 Brevard #4


  • PhD in modern European history, Rutgers University, 2003
  • MA in military history, Old Dominion University, 1997
  • BA in history and political science, James Madison University, 1994


  • 2012-Present – Associate Professor of History, Lynchburg College
  • 2008-2012 – Assistant Professor of History, Lynchburg College
  • 2006-2008 – Assistant Professor of History, Caldwell College
  • 2005-2006 – Assistant Professor of History, Dominican College
  • 2004-2005 – Intelligence Analyst, Department of Homeland Security
  • 2001-2004 – Intelligence Analyst, Department of Defense


  • Antisemitism in the German Military Community and the Jewish Response, 1914-1938. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.
  • “[Im]Perfect Spies: Identity and the Pathology of the Cold War in John le Carré’s A Perfect Spy and The Secret Pilgrim,” Paradoxa, no. 24 (2012).
  • “‘Our Most Serious Enemy’: The Specter of Judeo-Bolshevism in Germany, 1918-1923,” Central European History, 44, no. 4 (2011).
  • “The Intergalactic Final Solution:” Nazism, War and Genocide in Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers,” Shofar: Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 28, no. 4 (2010).
  • “A World that Works:’ Visions of Fascism and Globalization in Starship Troopers,” Film & History, 39, no. 2 (October 2009).
  • “Terror from the Right:  Revolutionary Terrorism and the Failure of the Weimar Republic,” Journal of Conflict Studies, 27, no. 2 (Winter 2007).
Book Chapters
  • “Germany’s Heroic Victims: The Cinematic Redemption of the Wehrmacht Soldier on the Eastern Front in Heroism and Gender in War Films. Edited by Jakub Kazecki and Karen Ritzendorff. New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • “Weimar’s Burning Question: Situational Antisemitism and the German Combat Leagues, 1918-1933” in The German Right in the Weimar Republic: Studies in the History of German Conservatism, Nationalism, and Antisemitism from 1918 to 1933. Edited by Larry E. Jones. New York: Berghahn Books, 2014.
  • “No Future: Punk Music in Post-Industrial Britain and the United States” in Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism. Edited by Eunice Rojas and Lindsay Eades. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2013.
  • “Addicted to Cheap Labor: The Gulf States, the Near East, and Sex Trafficking” in Sex Trafficking: A Global Perspective. Edited by Kimberly A. McCabe and Sabita Manian. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.
  • “‘Was it All a Just Dream?’ German Jewish Veterans and the Confrontation with Völkisch Nationalism in the Interwar Period.” Sacrifice and National Belonging in Twentieth-Century Germany. Edited by Greg Eghigian and Matthew Paul Berg. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002.
  • “Women and Warfare in Early Modern Europe.” A Soldier and a Woman: Sexual Integration in the Military. Edited by Gerard de Groot and Corinna Peniston-Bird. London: Longman Publishing Group, 2000.
  • “She Wolves:  The Monstrous Women of Nazisploitation Cinema,” Film & History Conference, Milwaukee, November 2013.
  • “There is only loyalty or treason”:  Situational Antisemitism in the Military Community, 1919-1935,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, October 2013.

Research Interests

My primary research interests revolve around war, political violence, and antisemitism in modern Germany, specifically during the Weimar Republic. I am most interested in how German Jews negotiated a collective identity in a hostile environment.

I am currently working on a monograph concerning the American effort to exploit German scientific and technical personnel after the Second World War. Project Paperclip ultimately contributed to the space program, although many of the scientists used by the government were involved in war crimes. My focus is the intersection of Cold War diplomacy, military necessity, and international law.

Awards, Grants, and Honors

  • 2013 Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Mednick Fellowship
  • 2012 Summer Research Grant, Lynchburg College Facutly Development Committee
  • 2011 Jack and Anita Hess Seminar for Faculty: “Teaching about the Holocaust through Eyewitness Testimony: Using Interviews and Memoirs in the Classroom, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2011
  • Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, Northwestern University, 2010
  • Nominee, Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize, German Historical Institute, 2004
  • Research Fellowship, German-American Fulbright Commission, 1999-2000
  • Winner, 1999 Webb-Smith Award, University of Texas at Arlington, 1999
  • Excellence Fellowship for Doctoral Study, Rutgers University, 1997-2001