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Academics - Political Science Faculty & Staff

Ethan Hollander

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Curriculum vitae

I’m an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wabash College. I love my job, this college, and its community because it gives me the ability to teach and learn from the most engaged students an educator could hope for, to ask questions about important and fascinating social and political phenomena, and to be a part of a dynamic and supportive community.

In both my teaching and my scholarly research, I hope to bridge academic disciplines in an effort to better understand the world in which we live. For example, I am writing a book on the Holocaust (Hegemony and the Holocaust: State Power and Jewish Survival in Occupied Europe) which uses the concepts and methods of contemporary political science to answer a fascinating historical question: Why did more Jewish people survive in some German-occupied countries compared to others during World War II? The answer is not what you might expect, and forces us to reconsider everything from our understanding of politics and history, to the moral and ethical questions that arise from warfare, imperialism, genocide and state-sponsored violence.

My interdisciplinary approach also informs my teaching, where my current teaching portfolio includes such varied courses as Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict; European Politics; Politics of the Middle East; and Research Methods and Statistics. I also enjoy sharing the process of original scholarly research with my students, and have worked with students on topics such as warfare, the Holocaust and genocide, European Union immigration policy, South African electoral reform, and Vietnam War photography, just to name a few. Part of the beauty of working in a small college is the opportunity to share the learning process with my students who, in turn, teach me more than I could learn on my own.

Finally, this community allows me to pursue my non-academic interests, which include hiking, pottery, and making good food (like yogurt and cheese). Indeed, my primary personal interest, exploring my community, is connected with my primary scholarly endeavor: To learn new things and to share the process of learning with those around me. That’s a job from which I never hope to retire.


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2006
M.A., University of California, San Diego, 1999
B.A. (with High Honors), Wesleyan University, 1994

Introduction to Comparative Politics
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Genocide
Politics of the European Union (or that which is left of it...)
Politics of the Middle East
Political and Economic Development
Research Methods and Statistics

“Explaining the Intensity of the Arab Spring.” Digest of Middle East Studies. Vol. 24: No. 1 (Spring 2015): pp. 26-46. Co-authored with Chonghyun “Christie” Byun.

“International Hierarchy and the Final Solution.” In Global Perspectives on the Holocaust: History, Identity and Legacy. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015): 136-159.

“U.S. Patronage and the Unlikely Dynamics of Democratization in the Middle East” (Book Review of Amaney A. Jamal’s Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?) The Journal of Politics. (October 2013).

“The Banality of Goodness: Collaboration and Compromise in the Rescue of Denmark’s Jews.” In The Journal of Jewish Identities. Vol. 6: No. 2 (July 2013): 41-66.
“Puerto Sagua: Door to Cuba’s Past” (Reflective essay.) Wabash Magazine: The Journal of Wabash College. (Winter 2013): pp. 91-92.
“Democratic Transition and Electoral Choice: The Legacy of One-Party Rule in Hungry and Poland.” Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences. Vol. 16: No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2013): 87-102.
“The Bystander in Holocaust History and Education.” In Forum 21: European Journal on Child and Youth Research. No. 7 (forthcoming, June 2011)
Note: This is a selected list. For a full list, see my CV or email me at

In 2015, I won the McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar Award. I was also a Fellow at the Holocaust Education Foundation's Summer Workshop at Northwestern Univeristy in the summer of 2015. These awards helped me finish my book, which should come out by the end of 2016.


Hollander talks of the Wabash experience, the benefits of immersion trips, and how his personal travels have influenced him.