david harrisville

Dr. David Harrisville, Ph.D.
DPAA Historian in Residence
Department of History

David Harrisville graduated in 2017 with a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has conducted research as a Fellow at Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2012-2013) and the Free University of Berlin (2013-2014), and presented at conferences and workshops in the U.S. and Europe.  His dissertation, “Unrighteous Cause: The Moral World of the German Soldier on the Eastern Front and the Wartime Origins of the Wehrmacht Myth, 1941-1944,” received an Honorable Mention for the Society for Military History’s First Manuscript Award (2017).  This project shed light on how the German military (Wehrmacht) attempted to legitimize its conduct during the war of extermination it waged in the Soviet Union.  More broadly, Harrisville’s scholarly interests include the history of modern Europe, the Second World War, the Third Reich, the Holocaust and war crimes, ethics and morality, and the history of masculinity.  He also holds a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.