Patrick Zander

Dr. Patrick Zander

Associate Professor of History

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Biography

Dr. Patrick G. Zander received his M.A. in European history from Georgia State University in 2002, his M.S. in the history of science and technology from Georgia Tech in 2007, and his Ph.D. in modern British and European history from Georgia Tech in 2009. His dissertation examined Britain’s extreme right wing political tendency in the interwar years and its links to technological modernity and Britain’s military/industrial complex. He is currently expanding it into a book manuscript. Dr. Zander was awarded the Bernard Bellon Prize at Georgia Tech for his master's paper “The Place of Autarky in Fascist Theory and Practice: Britain, Germany, and Italy 1919–1945,” in 2007. In 2010 he was awarded the Duncan C. Tanner Prize from the Oxford University Press for his article “(Right) Wings over Everest: High Adventure, High Technology, and High Nationalism on the Roof of the World, 1932-34,” which appeared in the journal Twentieth Century British History. His first book was released in January 2016 entitled, "The Rise of Fascism:  History, Documents, and Key Questions," which serves as an introduction to the subject for high school and undergraduate level students.  He is currently writing the companion volume, "The Rise of Communism:  History, Documents, and Key Questions," which is due for release in late 2017.

Zander has published book chapters on technology and human origins – “Tool Use in the Animal Kingdom and Implications for Hominid Evolution,” – and Ancient Egyptian technology – “Ancient Egyptian Technology and the Riddle of the Obelisks,” in ABC-CLIO’s "Popular Controversies in World History," published in 2011. He has also published several reference and encyclopedia entries on modern European political history in ABC-CLIO’s "World History Encyclopedia and in Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Diplomacy." He is currently also working on a book under contract with the Praeger Press about the various European resistance movements during World War II, which is tentatively titled "Hidden Armies: European Resistance Movements of the Second World War." This is also due for publication during late 2017.  

He has taught at Reinhardt University, Kennesaw State University and at Georgia Tech’s program in Metz, France. He has taught at GGC since the fall of 2011. He often teaches world history and western civilization surveys, including a blend of lecture, document analysis and critical thinking exercises. He also teaches upper level courses on modern Europe, comparative fascism and British history. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Georgia Association of Historians, serving since 2014. Before going into history full-time in 2003, he enjoyed a 15-year career in business, mostly in the information technology field.

Education

  • Doctorate – modern British and European history – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Master's – history of science and technology – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Master's – European history – Georgia State University
  • Bachelor's – business communications – William Jewell College

Academic Interests

  • Modern European history
  • Modern British history
  • Extreme political movements (particularly fascism and communism)
  • History of science and technology

Distinctions

  • Duncan C. Tanner Prize (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Bernard Bellon Prize (Georgia Tech, 2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • ​Georgia Association of Historians (Member Executive Council 2014-17)
  • North American Conference of British Studies (NABS) 
  • American Historical Association (AHA)