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Will Rall

Doctoral Candidate


Dissertation Title (Working): Nazi Charity: Giving, Emotion, and Morality in the Third Reich

Biography: Will Rall graduated from Centre College in Danville, KY in 2008 where he majored in History and Religion and minored in German Studies. Rall moved to Tuscaloosa, AL to study Modern European History at the University of Alabama before beginning his PhD at the University of Tennessee in 2010. His research explores the institutional apparatuses and ordinary experiences of poor relief to understand how Germans negotiated their moral environment under Nazi rule.

During his graduate career, Rall won a number of fellowships and grants to support his dissertation research. He has been graciously supported by organizations like the German Academic Exchange Service, the American Council on Germany, the German Historical Institute, and the Central European History Society as well as the UT History Department and the UT Center for International Education. Thanks to this support, Rall presented his research at conferences like the German Studies Association and the European Social Sciences History Conference. Rall’s research will also appear in an upcoming volume entitled Ruptures in the Everyday: Views of Modern Germany from the Ground, edited by Andrew Stuart Bergerson and Leonard Schmieding.

Rall served the University of Tennessee in various capacities. He worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Center for the Study of War and Society where he recorded, transcribed, and edited oral histories from America’s wars. Rall also co-organized a workshop with the Nordost Institut in Lüneburg that focused on developing the Center’s World War II online digital archive project. Along with teaching his own Western Civilization from 1715 course, Rall also worked as a teaching assistant for a number of different history classes including Western Civilization to 1715, Western Civilization from 1715, and World History from 1715. Most recently, Rall served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Haslam Scholars Program in the UT Honors Program.

When not reading or writing, Rall enjoys listening to his collection of punk records.

Research Interests

Field of Study: Modern German History, European History.

Research Interests: National Socialism, poverty and welfare, history of everyday life, urban history, sports, music.


PhD, University of Tennessee, dissertation defended January 30, 2018.
MA, University of Alabama, 2010.
BA, Centre College, 2008.

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