Faculty Bio - J. Laurence Hare

J. Laurence Hare
  • Assistant Professor
  • German History

Contact Information

  • lhare@uark.edu
  • 575-5890
  • MAIN 511
  • Office Hours:
    TR 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    W 1:30-3:30 pm
    or by appointment


J. Laurence Hare received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. He specializes in Modern European History, with an emphasis on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany and a methodological focus on cultural, intellectual, and transnational history. His research seeks new perspectives on the history of German nationalism by placing it within a broader European context and by studying the relationships between nationalist thought and the transnational experiences of intellectuals and scholars.

His current book project, tentatively titled Claiming Valhalla: Archaeology, Nationalism, and the German-Danish Borderland, 1830-1950, treats these themes by exploring the uses of the distant past in the creation of modern national identities. The book traces the emergence of a transnational network of archaeologists to reveal how overlapping claims to prehistoric sites and artifacts in the embattled border region shaped broader visions of German and Scandinavian identity. The project has been supported by a German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation and was recognized in 2006 with the Aurora Borealis Prize from the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study.

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