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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Devlin Scofield

Dr. Devlin Scofield



54 Valk


660.562.1241 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2015

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. History; Michigan State University
  • B.A. History; Montana State University

Courses Taught

  • Western Civilization II: 1500 to the Present
  • History of Russia
  • Historian’s Craft & Uses
  • France since Louis XIV
  • History of Germany since 1648
  • Europe in the Age of Nationalism
  • History of the Near and Middle East

Academic Interests

  • Citizenship
  • Identity
  • Borderlands
  • Nationalism
  • Migration
  • Memory and Commemoration
  • War and Society


My research focuses on transitional justice and the manner in which societies and states reconstruct themselves and reintegrate their citizens following periods of violent upheaval.  My current project, “Veterans, War Widows, and National Belonging in Alsace, 1871-1953,” utilizes the context of the Franco-German rivalry to interrogate the notions and practices of German and French citizenship, memorialization, issues of identity, and the growth and limits of the welfare state.  During this period, the province repeatedly changed hands at the conclusion of successive military engagements.  Each transfer of sovereignty left the newly empowered state with a significant population of Alsatian veterans who fought for the opposing power in the previous conflict, as well as women whose husbands died fighting for the recently divested state.  The project focuses on how these two nationally ambiguous groups attempted to reconstruct postwar lives, relationships with one another and the newly sovereign state, not just once, but four times.

Scholarly Activity


  • Book Chapter: “Corpses of Atonement: The Discovery, Commemoration, and Reinternment of Eleven Alsatian Victims of Nazi Terror, 1947-1952.” In Human Remains in Society: Curation and Exhibition in Post-Genocide and Mass-Violence Contexts, edited by Elisabeth Anstett  and Jean-Marc Dreyfus, 139-162.  Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016.
  • Book Review: Bernd Ulrich and Benjamin Ziemann, ed. German Soldiers in the Great War: Letters and Eyewitness Accounts, First World War Studies, 2015.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Privileging Service and Sacrifice: Postwar German Naturalizations of “Old” Alsatian Veterans and War Widows, 1918-1922.”  German Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C., October 2015.
  • “Sites of Camaraderie, Sites of Conflict: The Internal Politics of Alsatian Regimental Veterans’ Associations.” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO, September 2014.
  • “Atoning for the Past by Honoring the Dead: Wiedergutmachung and the Commemoration of 11 Alsatian Victims of Nazi Terror, 1947-1952.”  Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide Third Annual Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, September 2014.
  • “In Pursuit of Inclusion: Alsatian Expellees and the Politics of Citizenship, 1918-1920.”  Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2013.
  •  “Claims from Afar: The Interwar Practices of Belonging in Alsatian Regimental Veterans’ Associations.” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2012.
  • “The Wedge that Split Gibraltar: The Butte Irish Reaction to the United States’ Entry into World War I.” Northwestern Region Annual Meeting, Phi Alpha Theta, Lincoln City, OR, April 2007.

Forthcoming Conference Participation

  • Seminar Participant, “German-Occupied Europe in the Second World War.”  German Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, September 2016.

Student Group Advisement

  • NWMSU History Club

Other Professional Experiences

Selected Fellowships and Honors

  • Michigan State University Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2014.
  • Central European History Society Dissertation Research Grant, 2013.
  • Michigan State University, Department of History, Muelder-Lowe Graduate Award, 2013.
  • Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowship, 2011-2012.
  • Fulbright Institute of International Education (IIE) Award (declined), 2011.
  • German Historical Institute Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2011.
  • Michigan State University Milton E. Muelder Graduate Fellowship in History, 2011.
  • German Historical Institute Archival Summer Seminar in Germany, 2010.
  • Michigan State University, Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Somers Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009.
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austaushdienst Intensive Language Course Grant, 2009.
  • Michigan State University David G. LoRomer Fellowship for Students of European History, 2007-2011.
  • Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society), 2006.
  • Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society), 2005.

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, German Studies Association
  • Member, Central European History Society