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Jacob Hamric

MA, European History, Eastern Michigan University, 2004
BA, History, Eastern Michigan University, 2001

Field of Study: Modern Germany

Research Interests: Modern Germany, Nationalism, Religious Culture, War and Diplomacy, Politics and Law, Popular Culture

Dissertation Title: The German Temple Society and Religious Nationalism in Ottoman Palestine, 1861-1918

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Biography: Jacob Hamric earned his MA in European History in 2004 at Eastern Michigan University, where he studied Modern Germany, military history, and world history. He is currently a PhD candidate in Modern European History at the University of Tennessee, where he studies Modern Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and the Modern Middle East. Hamric decided to attend UT to work under the guidance of Vejas Liulevicius. Hamric attributes much of his positive experience in the history program to the active communication and support he receives from his dissertation committee, which includes Liulevicius, Palmira Brummett, Denise Phillips, and David Lee.

Hamric’s dissertation studies the connection between religion and nationalism in modern Germany by examining the experience of the Temple Society, a group of German evangelical Christians who migrated to Ottoman Palestine in the late-nineteenth century. Hamric has spent numerous summers and an academic year in Germany studying the German language and conducting dissertation research. A few of the grants he has been awarded include a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Long-Term Research Grant, a DAAD Intensive Language Study Grant, a W.K. McClure Fellowship for study abroad, and multiple Bernadotte Schmitt Awards for dissertation research. Hamric has presented his research at numerous conferences and workshops, including the German Studies Association, the World History Association, the Southern Historical Association, and the Association for the Study of Nationalities. He is currently completing his dissertation and working as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Hamric is actively engaged in the field of history. He has presented his research at several conferences, including the German Studies Association. He also has written numerous book reviews for H-German, the Michigan War Studies Review, and the Journal of Jewish Identities.  Hamric welcomes questions from prospective students about the history graduate program at UT.