Worcester State University
History & Political Science Department

Michael Gesin

Contact Information

Office: Sullivan 327L
Phone: 508-929-8693
Email: mgesin@worcester.edu

PhD, Modern European History and Holocaust, Brandeis University
MA, Modern European History, Brandeis University
BA, Worcester State College (1995)

Areas of Specialization
I have been teaching at Worcester State University, my Alma Mater, since 1999. My areas of study and interests include Modern European History, Weimar Republic, Jewish History, Racial Genocides, modern German history and history of the world civilizations.

Among the most satisfying experiences for me as a Worcester State University teacher have been instructing history students in new curriculum contents such as the effects of nationalism on World Civilizations and the progress of European nations, and the horrific events of ethnic genocides.  Over the past four years my new courses have created a great deal of interest.  One of the new classes is the course on The Holocaust -- a study unlike any other in a college curriculum.  The subject is extraordinarily challenging because of the emotional and moral demands it imposes on students. 

In all of my courses I encourage students to become critical readers, thinkers and writers;  my goal is not only to promote their intellectual engagement with cultural texts of all kinds, but also to help them become more discerning readers of, and forceful writers about, the world around them.

HI 103, 104 and 105 World Civilization I, II and III
HI 112 US History II, 1877-1945
HI 202 and 203 Jewish History I and II
HI 223 History of Modern France
HI 231 and 232 European Intellectual History I and II
HI 245 and 246 History of Modern Germany I and II
HI 301 Holocaust
HI 312 and 313 20th Century Europe I and II


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