Derek Holmgren
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Tribble A-308C
Phone: 336.758.2612
Region: Europe


Derek Holmgren received his PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA in History from the University of Denver. After completing his BA, he taught English at a German high school as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program. His research interests include modern German history and forced migration and refugee management in twentieth-century Europe. He is revising his dissertation into a book manuscript that examines post-World War II population displacement and resettlement through the case study of the refugee transit camp located in Friedland, West Germany, which processed 2.1million individuals between 1945 and 1960.



B.A.:      University of Denver
M. A.:    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ph.D.:   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Academic Appointments
Wake Forest University. Visiting Assistant Professor, 2016 - Present.
University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Adjunct Instructor, Spring 2016.

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  • History 102: Europe and the World in the Modern Era
    This introductory course explores key developments in European history from the seventeenth century through the end of the twentieth century. Students will learn about the causes and consequences of political revolutions and wars as well as crucial changes in social and economic life, taking into account differing perspectives based on gender, class, religion, race, and nationality. This course further considers the development of European state’s global empires along with the effects on international politics, the exchange of materials and ideas, and the shifting place of Europe in global politics in the latter half of the twentieth century. Students will develop research skills, learn to analyze primary and secondary sources using historical thinking, and improve their ability to develop and support arguments using different types of evidence.