Associate Dean

Bexell Hall

Bexell Hall 200

2251 SW Campus Way

2251 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D. in History (University of California Berkeley, 2003)
  • Cultural and Historical Awareness

History of Race, Religion, Gender, Sexuality

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Currently as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and previously as Director of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion since 2017, Nicole von Germeten works hard to increase outreach, access to OSU’s degree programs, and innovate OSU’s curriculum. She inaugurated an African Diaspora-focused speaker series in Fall of 2020. She also led the creation of two new degrees: Applied Humanities which has been recognized by OSU’s 2022 Office of Institutional Diversity State of Diversity Address for Creating an Inclusive University Climate to Support the Retention and Success of All Students and Employees. The second degree program that Prof. von Germeten organized is a Master’s Degree in History which welcomed its first cohort in the Fall of 2021. Lastly, Prof. von Germeten won an OSU E-Campus Research Grant to create a highly interactive class called Crime in History, based on archival case studies from her scholarship, which will first be taught in Fall of 2022.

A specialist in Latin American History, Prof. von Germeten has received funding from the Ford Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Fulbright Garcia Robles Scholarship and the Muriel McKevitt Sonne Endowment for her doctoral studies at Berkeley. She was a Fellow at the Princeton Center for the Study of Religion in 2004 (Theme: Women and Religion in the African Diaspora) and was affiliated with the Stanford University Center for Latin American Studies in 2008 and 2009.  She has written nearly 100 books, essays, reviews, and articles for edited volumes, online resources, and articles in academic journals. She has published four single-authored books and two edited book-length translations since 2006. Cambridge University Press will publish her fifth book in 2023, and she is also co-editing (with Nina Kushner) a Bloomsbury Global History of Sexuality, and has recently co-submitted a new book proposal (with Theodore Cohen) for an essay collection on Afro-Mexican History in the Nineteenth Century.


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One night in 1789, three men used machetes to slaughter 11 innocent people in their home. The killers then stole a fortune in silver. This book translates a fictionalization of what the classic nineteenth-century novelist José de Cuéllar viewed as The Sin of the Century