Jeffrey Luppes

Jeffrey Luppes

Associate Professor, German

Wiekamp Hall, Room DW3225
(574) 520-4229


PhD, University of Michigan


Jeffrey Luppes arrived at IUSB in 2011. A native Midwesterner, Dr. Luppes received his PhD in German studies from the University of Michigan in 2010. He also holds an MA in political science with an emphasis in transatlantic studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has studied in Peoria, Prague, Kansas City, and Berlin.

In his spare time, Dr. Luppes enjoys spending time with his family and friends, browsing in bookstores, visiting the Lake Michigan shore, collecting rocks, exploring small towns in Germany, yard work, meteorology, rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, and decorating his office door.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Luppes teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture. His favorite courses to teach are beginning language classes. His greatest joy as a teacher is helping students discover what they find most fascinating about German culture.

Dr. Luppes is the faculty advisor for the German Club and he has initiated a weekly German conversation table held on campus.

Research Interests

Dr. Luppes loves to read and write about German cultural history. In particular, he is interested in topics at the intersection of history, culture, and politics, especially memory culture. Currently, he is working on projects related to representations of German wartime suffering, including the revision of his dissertation (“To Our Dead: Local Expellee Monuments and the Contestation of German Postwar Memory”) for publication.

He is also interested in Vergangenheitsbewältigung, the films of Fatih Akin, Der Zauberberg, German postwar literature, conceptions of Heimat and German identity, as well as German sports.

Recent publications

  • Land der unbegrenzten (erinnerungspolitischen)Möglichkeiten? Die Vertriebenendenkmäler außerhalb von Cleveland und Saint Louis,” in A. Demshuk & T. Weger (eds.) Cultural Landscapes: Transatlantische Perspektiven auf Wirkungen und Auswirkungen deutscher Kultur und Geschichte im östlichen Europa. (Munich: Federal Institute for Culture and History of Germans in Eastern Europe (BKGE), forthcoming).
  • “The Commemorative Ceremonies of the Expellees: Tag der Heimat and Volkstrauertag,” German Politics and Society. Vol. 30, No. 2, (Summer 2012), pp. 1-20.
  • Den Toten der ostdeutschen Heimat: Local Expellee Monuments and the Construction of Postwar Narratives,” in Helmut Schmitz & Annette Seidel-Arpaci (eds.) Narratives of Trauma. Discourses of German Wartime Suffering in National and International Perspective. German Monitor 73 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011).
  • “The June 17, 1953 Uprising – 50 Years Later,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, Issue 33 (Fall 2003), pp. 111-113.