Brandon Bloch is College Fellow in Modern European History at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on modern Europe since 1789, Nazi Germany, Postwar Europe, twentieth-century war crimes trials, and the idea of Europe from the Enlightenment to the present day. His research focuses on the history of twentieth-century Germany and Central Europe, especially themes of religion and politics, intellectuals in public life, and the roles of Central Europeans in international human rights movements. His current book project, Reinventing Protestant Germany: Religion, Nation, and Democracy after Nazism, asks how West Germany's Protestant churches emerged as vocal advocates for democracy and human rights after the Second World War, following a legacy of compromise and complicity under National Socialism. The study explores the ongoing salience of religious communities for German debates about national identity, historical responsibility, and the ethics of democratic citizenship, during the Cold War and beyond.
Bloch received his PhD in Modern European History from Harvard in May 2018. He has held fellowships from the Krupp Foundation, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Fulbright Program, and Foreign Language and Area Studies Program. He has also served as the Richard W. Sonnenfeldt Fellow at the American Jewish Committee Berlin, where he conducted research on Holocaust education in contemporary Germany, and as a high school English language and literature teacher at the Askanisches Gymnasium in Berlin.
Bloch has recently published an article on the early writings of the social theorist Theodor Adorno in Modern Intellectual History, and is currently preparing several works in progress based on his book manuscript.