EVANSTON -- Benjamin Frommer, professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been named the Wayne V. Jones Research Professor in History.
Frommer specializes in the history of Central Europe, focusing on the periods of Nazi and Communist rule. His research interests include collaboration and resistance under repressive regimes, the use of courts for political ends, the consequences of ethnic cleansing and the development of modern nationalism. He is the author of “National Cleansing: Retribution Against Nazi Collaborators in Postwar Czechoslovakia,” published this year in Czech translation. His current research focuses on the persecution of Jews in the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Frommer was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar to the Czech Republic during the 2009-2010 academic year. His research and writing have earned grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board and the Department of Education.
Frommer joined the Northwestern faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor and earned a promotion to associate professor in 2005. He has served as the director of the undergraduate European studies major and the director of graduate studies for the history department. In 2007 he received the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award.