Andrea Sinn named Stella S. and John C. O’Briant Developing Professor in History

Sinn, an assistant professor of history, joined the Elon faculty in 2016 and is also director of Elon’s Jewish Studies program.

Assistant Professor Andrea Sinn of the Department of History has been named the Stella S. and John O’Briant Developing Professor in History in recognition of her scholarly work and dedication to teaching.

Andrea Sinn has been named the Stella S. and John O’Briant Developing Professor in History.
​The award supports ongoing scholarly projects that shape the way professors teach and inspire their students. As the O’Briant Development Professor, Sinn plans to continue her scholarly work on the Third Reich and the immediate post-Holocaust period, and will be able to enhance her work on her book project focused women and religion on the home front in Germany during World War I.  

Sinn completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and joined the Elon faculty in 2016 as an assistant professor in the Department of History. In 2017, she was named coordinator for Elon’s Jewish Studies program. Her scholarship has focused on modern German and Jewish history, and at Elon she has taught the courses on fascism and propaganda, and the history of the Holocaust.

Most recently, she has edited a special issue of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies that offers a first step toward a more integrated history of uprootedness and its consequences in post-World War II Europe. During her time at Elon, she has published two book chapters, two peer-reviewed articles and gave a number of scholarly presentations at international conferences, all activities contributing to the ongoing debates in the fields of German and Jewish history.

The Stella S. and John C. O’Briant Developing Professorship in History was established through a gift from the estate of John Conrad O’Briant ’75 that was made in honor of O’Briant and his mother. Michael Matthews, associate professor of history, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the professorship in 2015.