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William G. Gray

William G. Gray

Associate Professor // History

Director of Undergraduate Studies // History

Associate Professor // Jewish Studies // SIS

International Programs Liaison

Research focus:
Modern Germany, International History, History of Capitalism

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 6152

Office hours:

  • Spring 2024
  • Thursdays, 2 - 3 pm
  • or By Appointment


Phone: (765) 496-2772

Fax: (765) 496-1755


HIST 104 Introduction to the Modern World

HIST 278 Money, Trade, & Power: The History of Capitalism

HIST 300 Eve of Destruction: Global Crises & World Organization in the 20th Century

HIST 323 German History

HIST 337 Europe since 1945

HIST 408 Dictatorship and Democracy: Europe 1919-1939

HIST 423 Advanced Topics in Modern Germany


Modern Germany, Cold War Europe, History of Capitalism

Professor Gray received his Ph.D. from Yale University in December 1999. He is the author of Germany's Cold War: The Global Campaign to Isolate East Germany, 1949-1969 (University of North Carolina Press, 2003) and Trading Power: West Germany’s Rise to Global Influence, 1963-1975 (Cambridge University Press, 2023). 

He is also a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the Cold War (Routledge, 2008) and the German Yearbook of Contemporary History, Vol. 6, Secret Services and the International Arms Trade (2022).

Prof. Gray is currently pursuing a book-length study of Germany and Brazil during the Cold War, with a special emphasis on the themes of capitalism, democracy, and human rights.

Professor Gray is interested in working with graduate students who wish to approach modern Europe with a view to economic processes and global interconnections.