• Title:
    Professor of History, Department Coordinator
  • Department:
    History, Political Science, and Criminal Justice

Martin Menke, Ph.D.



Since 1997, Dr. Martin Menke has taught numerous courses in history, political science, JYS, GSP, and in secondary social studies education at Rivier. He has served on many department and university committees. Periodically, he leads student excursions within the US and abroad.

Dr. Menke has published articles, book chapters, and reviews on twentieth-century German Catholicism. He routinely presents at national and international conferences and has served as an officer of the ACHA and NEHA.


  • Ph.D., Boston College
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., Tufts University


  • Modern Germany
  • Political Catholicism
  • Modern Europe

Courses Taught

  • European Integration in the Context of Catholic Social Teaching and Global Perspective
  • Historian’s Tools
  • Hitler and the Third Reich
  • God and Caesar
  • Modern Russia
  • US Foreign Policy
  • US History I and II
  • West in the World I and II

Recent Publications and Proceedings

  1. “The Complexities of Ludwig Kaas: New Research on the Ermächtigungsgesetz,” From Weimar to Hitler: Studies on the Dissolution of Weimar Democracy and the Establishment of the Third Reich, 1932-1934, Eds. Hermann Beck and Larry Eugene Jones. New York: Berghahn Books, 2018.
  2. “Multiple Caesars? Germany, Bavaria, and German Catholics in the Interwar Period.” Beyond the Borders of Baptism: Catholicity, Allegiances, and Lived Identities.” Ed. Michael L. Budde. Wimpf and Stock, 2016.
  3. “Misunderstood Civic Duty: The Center Party and the Enabling Act.” Journal of Church and State 51(2009): 236-264.
  4. “The German Center Party and the League of Nations: International Relations in a Moral Dimension.” InSight: Rivier Academic Journal, Fall 2008.
  5. “Good Catholics – Good Germans” Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte 14(2006): 1-16.
  6. Articles in the Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics, eds. Roy Domenico and Mark Hanley, eds. (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006) as well as in the Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, ed. Kelly Boyd. (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999).
  7. “’Thy Will Be Done: ’Nationalism and Faith in German Catholicism.” Catholic Historical Review, 91(2005): 300-320.