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Jennifer L. Foray

Jennifer L. Foray

Associate Professor // History

Associate Professor // Jewish Studies // SIS

Associate Professor // SIS

Office and Contact

Room: UNIV 125

Office hours: By appointment


Phone: (765) 494-4132

Fax: (765) 496-1755

Ph.D. Columbia University, 2006


Modern Europe, Imperialism, Decolonization, The Netherlands

A native New Yorker, I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Modern Western European History from Columbia University, and my B.A. in anthropology from Fordham University. My book, Visions of Empire in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands, examines Dutch experiences with war, occupation, imperialism, decolonization, specifically focusing upon the attempts of leading anti-Nazi resisters to create a new “imperial consciousness” in the wartime Netherlands. Other recent publications and works in process examine German military behavior and attitudes in the occupied Netherlands; the Diary of Anne Frank as a uniquely Dutch text, and the history of the Dutch “commonwealth” arrangement supported by generations of lawmakers and political thinkers as a third way between Indonesian independence and continued colonial rule.

In general, my teaching and research interests include imperialism and decolonization; social and cultural responses to war and trauma, especially memorialization and commemoration; and the Netherlands. I also regularly teach HIST 104, Purdue's general survey class examining Early Modern and Modern European History.

Visions of Empire in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands

Visons of Empire in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands