Dr. Robert John Gellately
For his major contribution to Holocaust studies, Dr. Robert Gellately will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree during spring convocation.
Dr. Gellately did his BA, B.Ed. and MA at Memorial where, as an undergraduate,
he took the Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in History. His doctoral thesis
for the London School of Economics was published under the title The Politics
of Economic Despair: Shopkeepers and German Politics, 1890-1914. That led
to a tenure-track position at Cornell.
From 1976 to 1998, he taught at Huron College/University of Western Ontario. He moved to Clark University in 1998 where he was Strassler Professor in Holocaust History from 1998 to 2003. In August 2003 he joined the faculty of Florida State University where he is the Earl Ray Beck Professor of History.
In 1990 he published The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy,
1933-1945. His latest book is Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion
in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945.