Thomas Emmert


Professor Emeritus in History

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-212 Modern Russia 12 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
HIS-120 Modern Europe II, 1789–Present 9 2011/SP, 2009/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
CUR-110 Historical Perspective II 8 2009/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, and 2000/SP
HIS-211 Imperial Russia 6 2009/FA, 2008/SP, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
HIS-322 Nationalism in the Balkans 5 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, 2005/FA, and 2003/SP
HIS-321 19th Century Europe 5 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2003/FA, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
HIS-397 Honors Tutorial II 4 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2001/SP
HIS-215 Ottoman Empire 4 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2004/FA, and 2000/FA
HIS-396 Honors Tutorial I 4 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2000/FA
HIS-344 ST:Fires of Hatred 3 2011/SP, 2004/FA, and 1999/FA
MUS-165 Orchestra in East Europe 2 2010/JN and 2006/JN
HIS-268 Career Exploration 2 2006/JN and 2005/JN
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 2 2003/FA and 1999/FA
HIS-329 Eastern European Film 1 2012/JN
HIS-310 European Lives 1 2010/SP
NDL-219 Introduction to German History 1 2006/FA
GER-102 Immersion German I and II 1 2006/FA
NDL-218 Lutheran Theology 1 2006/FA
NDL-220 Art and Culture in Germany 1 2006/FA
HIS-207 Mad Monks and Luther 1 2003/JN
IDS-237 Augustinian Cloister 1 2002/SP
IDS-236 Germany and Emerging New Europe 1 2002/SP
IDS-235 Bach to Brecht 1 2002/SP
IDS-234 The Church in Germany 1 2002/SP
GER-300 Intensive German 1 2002/JN
GER-200 Intensive German 1 2002/JN
GER-100 Intensive German 1 2002/JN
HIS-201 The Balkans 1 2001/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.