Thomas P. Wheatland, Ph.D

Associate Professor of History

508-767-7562 Founders Hall - Room 108

Degrees Earned

B.A. Brown University; History and Psychology, 1991
M.A. And Ph.D. Boston College; History, 2002

Undergraduate Courses Taught

History of Western Civilization

German History Since 1870

Totalitarianism and Everyday Life

Twentieth-Century European Diplomatic History

The Rise and Decline of European Primacy, 1870-present

Hitler's Vienna

The Weimar Republic

Hitler's Exiles

Publications & Editorships

Review of Jewish Exiles and European Thought in the Shadow of the Third Reich: Baron, Popper, Strauss, Auerbach by David Weinstein and Avihu Zakai for Central European History (forthcoming)

Review of Born After: Reckoning with the German Past by Angelika Bammer for Choice Reviews, vol. 57, no. 3 (forthcoming)

Learning from Franz L. Neumann: Law, Theory, and the Brute Facts of Political Life, co-author David Kettler (London & New York: Anthem Press, 2019) Weblink:

Review of Habermas: A Biography by Stefan Müller-Doohm for The American Historical Review, vol. 123, no. 5 (December 2018)

“The Experience of Exile,” The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School, edited by Axel Honneth, Peter Gordon, and Espen Hammer (New York: Routledge, 2017)

“Critical Theory: The Los Angeles Years,” Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, vol. 1, no. 2 (December 2017)

Review of Arendt and America by Richard King for Society, vol. 54, no. 2 (April 2017)

Review of The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Dimensions of the Cold War by Udi Greenberg for The American Historical Review, vol. 121, no. 5 (December 2016)

Roundtable review of The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism, by Jack Jacobs for German Quarterly, vol. 89, no. 1 (January 2016)

“Franz L. Neumann: Negotiating Political Exile,” in “More Atlantic Crossings?: The Postwar Atlantic Community,” German Historical Institute Bulletin Supplement, edited by Jan Logemann and Mary Nolan (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

“’Has Germany a Political Theory? Is Germany a State?’ The Foreign Affairs of Nations in the Political Thought of Franz L. Neumann” (co-written with David Kettler), Émigré Scholars and the Genesis of International Relations: A European Discipline in America?, edited by Felix Rösch (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

“How Can We Tell It to the Children? A Deliberation at the Institute for Social Research, 1941” (co-written with David Kettler), Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, no. 111 (August 2012)

“Debate about Methods in the Social Sciences, Especially the Conception of Social Science Method for Which the Institute Stands” (trans. with David Kettler), Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, no. 111 (August 2012)

Review of Heidegger in America, by Martin Woessner for The American Historical Review, vol. 117, no. 3 (June 2012)

“Marcuse schreibt an Heidegger: Welcher Kontext sollte eine Interpretation formen? ” in Erste Briefe: First Letters aus dem Exil, 1945-1950, edited by David Kettler and Detlef Garz (München: Text & Kritik, 2012)

Review of Habermas: An Intellectual Biography, by Matthew G. Specter for Central European History, vol. 45, no. 1 (March 2012)

The Frankfurt School in Exile (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, April 2009) Weblink:

“An Adorno Renaissance? Critical Theory and George W. Bush’s America,” review of Things Beyond Resemblance: Collected Essays on Theodor W. Adorno, by Robert Hullot-Kentor, H-German (July 2007).

“In den Armen der Alma Mater: Die Frankfurter Schule an der Columbia Universität,” in Veränderte Weltbilder: Hannoversche Schriften, Band 6, edited by Detlev Claussen, Oskar Negt, and Michael Werz (Frankfurt-am-Main: Neue Kritik, 2005).

“Not-Such-Odd Couples: Paul Lazarsfeld, the Horkheimer Circle, and Columbia University,” in Exile, Science, and Bildung: The Contested Legacies of German Émigré Intellectuals, edited by David Kettler and Gerhard Lauer (New York: Palgrave, 2005).

“Critical Theory on Morningside Heights: From Frankfurt Mandarins to Columbia Sociologists,” German Politics and Society, Volume 22, no. 4 (Winter 2004)

“Critical Theory on Morningside Heights: The Frankfurt School’s Invitation from Columbia University,” German Politics and Society, Volume 22, no. 3 (Fall 2004)

“Contested Legacies: Political Theory and the Hitler Era” (co-written with David Kettler), in the European Journal of Political Theory, special edition edited by David Kettler and Thomas Wheatland (April 2004).