Jennifer L. Foray
// SIS // Jewish Studies
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2006
Modern Europe, Imperialism, Decolonization, The Netherlands
A native New Yorker, I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Modern Western European History from Columbia University, and my B.A. in anthropology from Fordham University. My book, Visions of Empire in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands, examines Dutch experiences with war, occupation, imperialism, decolonization, specifically focusing upon the attempts of leading anti-Nazi resisters to create a new “imperial consciousness” in the wartime Netherlands. Other recent publications and works in process examine German military behavior and attitudes in the occupied Netherlands; the Diary of Anne Frank as a uniquely Dutch text, and the history of the Dutch “commonwealth” arrangement supported by generations of lawmakers and political thinkers as a third way between Indonesian independence and continued colonial rule.
In general, my teaching and research interests include imperialism and decolonization; social and cultural responses to war and trauma, especially memorialization and commemoration; and the Netherlands. I also regularly teach HIST 104, Purdue's general survey class examining Early Modern and Modern European History.
Visions of Empire in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands