Taught by the scholars of The National WWII Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy as well as leading faculty from Arizona State University, the World War II Studies program provides master’s degree students in-depth insights into the war and its legacies. Get to know some of the course instructors:
Robert Citino, PhD
Robert Citino, PhD, is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published 10 books on World War II, including his latest, The Wehrmacht's Last Stand: The German Campaigns of 1944-1945.
Robert Citino, PhD, is The National WWII Museum’s Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian. He is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published 10 books, including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943; Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942; and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich as well as numerous articles covering World War II and 20th-century military history. He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines such as World War II.
Dr. Citino enjoys close ties with the US military establishment, and taught one year at the US Military Academy at West Point and two years at the US Army War College. He also was Professor of History at North Texas University, Lake Erie College, and Eastern Michigan University. He has won numerous teaching awards and was voted the #1 professor in the United States on ratemyprofessors.com in 2007.
Volker Benkert, PhD
Volker Benkert, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the impact of sudden regime change on biographies in 20th-century Germany and Europe.
Volker Benkert, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. He studied history and English at the Universities of Bonn, Edinburgh, St. Petersburg, and Fribourg. He graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Bonn and a doctorate from the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on the impact of sudden regime change on biographies in 20th-century Germany and Europe. In addition to relying on traditional sources, he utilizes extended biographical interviews. Furthermore, he is interested in the formation and function of discourses on the totalitarian past on an individual and collective level. In his research, identifying pervasive discourse patterns, particularly among ordinary Germans, helps to reveal the transmission of often apologetic views of the past over generations.
Benkert teaches upper-division courses in modern German and European history as well as the Western Civilization and Global History surveys. He also offers several capstone classes such as the HST498 History, Memory and National Myths: Changing European Master-Narratives of World War II.
Keith Huxen, PhD
Keith Huxen, PhD, is Senior Director of Research and History for the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at The National WWII Museum and has been instrumental in creating many of the stunning exhibits on its campus.
Keith Huxen, PhD, is the Senior Director of Research and History for the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at The National WWII Museum. He earned BA and MA degrees from Louisiana State University and earned his PhD from George Washington University. He taught at the college level for over 10 years (2002-2012), serving as an Associate Professor at Baton Rouge Community College and Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University and the University of New Orleans. He received the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award and has published in venues including the Oxford Forum on Public Policy, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, and two weekly online columns for the Museum’s website.
Since joining the Museum in 2011, his responsibilities have focused on creating and developing the historical exhibits in the Museum’s capital expansion plan, including the permanent exhibits in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries and the Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries in the Campaigns of Courage pavilion, and the recently completed The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front.
Jason Dawsey, PhD
As the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Special Projects Historian in Residence at The National WWII Museum, Jason Dawsey, PhD, works on the cases of American military personnel still unaccounted for from World War II. His publications have dealt with the life and work of the extraordinary German-Jewish technology critic and antinuclear militant Günther Anders (1902–1992), and he was one of the first in the United States to work in the Anders Papers in Vienna and to publish pieces grounded in this archival research.
Jason Dawsey, PhD, is the DPAA Special Projects Historian in Residence at The National WWII Museum. He earned his doctorate in European History from the University of Chicago. Beyond the introductory survey courses in world history, Jason’s teaching has focused on three related areas: the history of modern Europe since 1750 with special attention to the history of revolution and revolutionary movements, modern German history since 1848 with an emphasis on the 1914-45 period, and the history of European socialism since 1789 with a focus on the development of Marxist parties and Marxist thought.
His publications have dealt with the life and work of the extraordinary German-Jewish technology critic and anti-nuclear militant Günther Anders (1902-1992). He was one of the first in the United States to work in the Anders Papers in Vienna and to publish pieces grounded in this archival research. Some of them include The Life and Work of Günther Anders: Émigré, Iconoclast, Philosopher, Man of Letters, coedited with Günter Bischof and Bernhard Fetz; “After Hiroshima: Günther Anders and the History of Anti-Nuclear Critique” in Understanding the Imaginary War: Culture, Thought, and Nuclear Conflict, 1945-1990, edited by Benjamin Ziemann and Matthew Grant; and an article about Anders and the issue of Martin Heidegger’s Nazism, titled “Ontology and Ideology: Günther Anders’s Philosophical and Political Confrontation with Heidegger,” Critical Historical Studies 4, no. 1: 1-37.
Aaron Baker, PhD
Aaron Baker, PhD, is a Professor of Film and Media Studies in the English Department at Arizona State University. His teaching and research focus on American film, in particular in regard to authorship, genre, and the representation of social identities.
Aaron Baker, PhD, is a Professor of Film and Media Studies in the English Department at Arizona State University. His teaching and research focus on American film, in particular in regard to authorship, genre, and the representation of social identities. His publications include: Out of Bounds: Sports, Media and the Politics of Identity (Indiana University Press, 1997); Contesting Identity: Sports in American Film (University of Illinois Press, 2003); Steven Soderbergh (University of Illinois Press 2011); and A Companion to Martin Scorsese (Wiley Blackwell, 2014). He is editor of the Sports, Media and Society book series for the University of Nebraska Press and is currently writing a book titled Screening Baseball that is under contract with Rutgers University Press.
Yan Mann, PhD
Yan Mann, PhD, born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine, studied history at St. John's University, where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree. He spent a year in Moscow doing research on a Fulbright grant and received his doctorate at Arizona State University.
Yan Mann, PhD, born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine, studied history at St. John's University, where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree. He spent a year in Moscow doing research on a Fulbright grant and received his doctorate at Arizona State University. His research revolves around the relationship between individual and collective memory of the Great Patriotic War, the Stalin cult, censorship, propaganda, and the production of the war’s first official history during Khrushchev’s thaw. He specialized in World War II and the Soviet Union.