Elizabeth Baer, Ph.D.

Research Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College from 2015-2018
Ida E. King Distinguished Scholar during Fall 2016-Spring 2017 and Fall 2004

Elizabeth R. Baer serves as Research Professor of English and African Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. In 2004, Dr. Baer held the position of Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey where she taught courses on gender and genocide; she will hold this post again in 2016-2017. She has also taught courses on the Holocaust at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Baer has published widely on women’s literature and Holocaust fiction and memoirs. Her first book, Shadows on My Heart: The Civil War Diary of Lucy Buck of Virginia, published by the University of Georgia Press in 1997, was nominated for the Lincoln Prize. Her second book, The Blessed Abyss: Inmate #6582 in Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women (2000), co-edited with Dr. Hester Baer, is a critical edition of a memoir originally published in Germany in 1946.

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She received a Fulbright Award to study the history of Jews in Germany and was the recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Prize for the best essay on multicultural children’s literature. Dr. Baer co-edited, with Dr. Myrna Goldenberg, Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust (2003), an anthology of essays on gender and the Holocaust. Her most recent book, The Golem Redux: from Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction (2012), traces the intertextual appropriation of the golem legend in contemporary Jewish-American fiction, graphic novels, comics, The X-Files, and films. Forthcoming from Wayne State University Press in 2017 is The Genocidal Gaze: From German Southwest Africa to the Third Reich. Using fiction, memoir, biography, photographs, and an art installation, the monograph examines the transnational perceptions/gaze between Africans and Germans, and traces the causal connections between imperialism and genocide. The text includes study of South African artist William Kentridge, German novelists Gustav Frenssen and Uwe Timm, Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo, and Namibian revolutionary Hendrik Witbooi. Dr. Baer taught a course entitled “Commemorating Controversy: the US-Dakota War of 1862” at Gustavus in 2012 in which her students created a museum exhibit about that war and the genocide of Native Americans; this exhibit was displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC during 2015. She is the recipient of the Campus Compact Civic Engagement Steward Award, the Gustavus Faculty Scholarship Achievement Award, and the National Award of Merit, given by the American Association of State and Local Historians.

Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Manhattanville College, summa cum laude
Masters degree in English, New York University
Ph. D. in English, Indiana University

Areas of Expertise:
English, Post-Colonial Studies,  African Studies, Genocide, Literary Theory, Gender & Women’s
Sexuality Studies, Holocaust Studies

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