Thomas Emmert


Professor Emeritus

Tom Emmert retired from the the Gustavus History Department after 38 years of teaching at Gustavus.  He joined the department in 1973. A native of Minnesota, Tom developed his passion for history and Eastern Europe while a student at St. Olaf College. He studied in Yugoslavia and at Oxford University as an undergraduate and the rest, as they say, is history. He enjoyed six years of graduate education at Stanford University, where he felt very privileged to work with the eminent Balkanist, Wayne S. Vucinich. Trained as a specialist in medieval Serbia, Emmert prepared his doctoral dissertation in Belgrade as a Fulbright Scholar under the tutelage of the leading Serbian medievalist, Sima Cirkovic. At Gustavus, Tom taught the European history survey, as well as courses on both Imperial and modern Russia, the Ottoman Empire, 19th century European intellectual and cultural movements, and Balkan nationalism. He is best known for the following publications: Serbian Golgotha: Kosovo, 1389 (New York, NY: East European Monographs, 1990); Kosovo: Legacy of a Medieval Battle (Minneapolis, MN: Mediterranean Monographs, 1991), editor with W.S.Vucinich; Conflict in Southeastern Europe at the End of the Twentieth Century: A 'Scholars' Initiative Assesses Some of the Controversies (London:Routledge, 2006), editor with Charles Ingrao; Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2nd ed., 2013), editor with Charles Ingrao (Bosnian edition:Suočavanje s Jugoslavenskim Kontroverzama (Sarajevo, 2010)).

Tom loves travel, music, gardening, good food, and great conversation. During his years at Gustavus he  directed two semester-long programs in Zagreb, Croatia and two others in Wittenberg and Berlin, Germany. He enjoyed directing Gustavus' first official alumni travel program in September, 2013 to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  In 2014 he will be study leader for Smithsonian travel programs in Central Europe and the Adriatic. 

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HIS-212Modern Russia122011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
HIS-120Modern Europe II, 1789–Present92011/SP, 2009/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
CUR-110Historical Perspective II82009/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, and 2000/SP
HIS-211Imperial Russia62009/FA, 2008/SP, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
HIS-322Nationalism in the Balkans52010/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, 2005/FA, and 2003/SP
HIS-32119th Century Europe52008/SP, 2006/SP, 2003/FA, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
HIS-397Honors Tutorial II42011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2001/SP
HIS-215Ottoman Empire42010/FA, 2008/FA, 2004/FA, and 2000/FA
HIS-396Honors Tutorial I42010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2000/FA
HIS-344ST:Fires of Hatred32011/SP, 2004/FA, and 1999/FA
MUS-165Orchestra in East Europe22010/JN and 2006/JN
HIS-268Career Exploration22006/JN and 2005/JN
FTS-100First Term Seminar22003/FA and 1999/FA
HIS-329Eastern European Film12012/JN
HIS-310European Lives12010/SP
NDL-220Art and Culture in Germany12006/FA
NDL-218Lutheran Theology12006/FA
NDL-219Introduction to German History12006/FA
GER-102Immersion German I and II12006/FA
HIS-207Mad Monks and Luther12003/JN
IDS-237Augustinian Cloister12002/SP
IDS-235Bach to Brecht12002/SP
IDS-236Germany and Emerging New Europe12002/SP
IDS-234The Church in Germany12002/SP
GER-300Intensive German12002/JN
GER-100Intensive German12002/JN
GER-200Intensive German12002/JN
HIS-201The Balkans12001/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.