• Title:
    Professor of History, Co-Advisor of Model UN
  • Department:
    Humanities and Social Sciences

Martin Menke, Ph.D.



Since 1997, Dr. Martin Menke has taught numerous courses in history, political science, JYS, GSP, and secondary social studies education at Rivier University. He is currently the Department Coordinator, Advisor of Model UN, and the Director of History and Political Science Programs at Rivier. Dr. Menke has also served on many other 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 Europe
  • Modern Germany
  • Weimar Republic and National Socialism
  • German Catholicism in the twentieth century

Courses Taught

  • HIS 101-102 U.S. History I and II
  • HIS 203-204 Interactions: Civilization in Western Perspective I and II
  • HIS 250 Historians Tools
  • HIS 320 Modern Russia
  • HIS 342 Junior Year Seminar: European Integration
  • HIS 343 Junior Year Seminar: Duty to Resist
  • HIS 375 Hitler and the Third Reich
  • GSP 201 Global Scholars Program: The Community
  • GSP 401 Global Scholars Program: Roman Excursion

Recent Publications and Proceedings

  1. “Mein Kampf, Catholic Authority, and the Holocaust.” Hitler’s Mein Kampf and the Holocaust, Bloomsbury, 2022
  2. “The Complexities of Ludwig Kaas: New Research on the Ermächtigungsgesetz,” in 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. Berghahn Books.
  3. “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. Cascade Books.
  4. “Misunderstood Civic Duty: The German Center Party and the Enabling Act” Journal of Church and State 51 (2009).
  5. “Good Catholics – Good Germans” Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte 14 (2006).