Dr. Carls

Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls

Tom Elam Distinguished Professor of History




Doctorat de Troisième Cycle in History of International Relations, Université de Paris I - Sorbonne (1976)
M.A. in German Studies, Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne (1972)
B.A. in Polish Studies, Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne (1973)
2nd Year, Institut Libre d’Etudes des Relations Internationales Contemporaines (1973)

Areas of Specialization / Research
German Language and Civilization
Polish Language and Civilization
International Relations / Diplomatic History
20th Century Europe
19th and 20th Century European Popular Culture
The Silk Road of the 21st Century

Philosophy of Teaching

Education breaks down socio-economic, gender, racial, ethnic, and religious barriers. It protects democracy by shaping students into leaders and citizens with a life-long commitment to tolerance, respect, fairness, work ethics, and intellectual curiosity. Technology helps educators return to a classical educational model by enabling personalized instruction.

A virtual travel into human tragedies and triumphs, history teaches us to assess the importance of individual efforts against forces that humans do not control. It helps us gain a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity and global interactions. In order to know, understand and accept others, we must first learn to know, understand, and accept ourselves. History therefore is first and foremost an exercise in observation, critical thinking, and self-discovery. This exercise is not complete, however, without history’s highest mission, which is to heal the wounds of the past through the search for truth.

Courses Taught
World Civilizations I and II ( (Prehistory – 1500 ; 1500 - Present)
Methods: History and Historians / Senior Seminar
20th Century Europe (1914 – 1945 ; 1945 - Present)
Russian and Soviet History (Imperial – 1917 ; Soviet and Post-Soviet History)
Diplomatic and International History
The Cold War Through the Eyes of James Bond
The 21st Century World
Holocaust Travel Study in the U.S. and in Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, Poland)

Professional Appointments

Editorial Board, Archiwum Emigracji (Torun, Poland)
U.S. Liaison, Maison Internationale de PoJsie (Brussels, Belgium)
Jury Member, Cénacle Européen de Poésie, Arts et Lettres(Paris, France)
Editorial Board, Center for Public Justice (Washington, D.C.)
Editorial Board, World History Connected (Chicago, IL)
Editorial Board, Poésie Première (Paris, France)

2009 Prix Horace from the Cénacle Européen des Arts et des Lettres (Paris, France) for the translation of Charles Wright’s Appalachia]
2002 Cunningham Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award, The University of Tennessee at Martin
1999 International Scholar, The University of Tennessee at Martin
1999 Featured Scholar, School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tennessee at Martin

Major Historical Publications
20th century Europe textbook (under contract with Pearson).

La Ville Libre de Dantzig en crise ouverte, 24.10.1938-1.9.1939--Politique et diplomatie (Warsaw, Poland: Ossolineum, 1982).

“Central Asia: The New Silk Road's Gordian Knot?” World History Connected, Vol. 6, #1, April 2009. http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/6.1/carls.html

Cultural Essays

“Perpetuum Mobile: The Literary Travels of Claude Michel Cluny.” World Literature Today (May-August 2005, 55-58).http://www.amazon.fr/gp/offer-listing/2353280366/sr=1-7/qid=1252641988/ref=olp_tab_new

“Maria Mailat: From ‘The Other Europe’ to the New Europe.” World Literature Today, January-April 2005, 50-54.http://www.amazon.fr/gp/offer-listing/2353280366/sr=1-7/qid=1252641988/ref=olp_tab_new

Major Translations
Aleksander Wat. Les quatre murs de ma souffrance (Paris, France: Editions de La DiffJrence, 2013).
Charles Wright. Les Appalaches (Paris, France: Editinter, 2009).
Anna Frajlich. Le vent, à nouveau me cherche (Paris, France: Editinter, 2003, 2012).
Stephen D. Carls. Louis Loucheur: Ingénieur, homme d’Etat, modernisateur de la France, 1872-1931 (Lille, France: Septentrion, 1999).
Józef Wittlin. Le Sel de la terre (Paris, France: Noir sur Blanc, 1999).
Józef Rostocki. Echapper à ma tombe (Paris, France: Editinter, 1995).
Jan Kochanowski. La Vie qu'il faut choisir (Paris, France: La Différence, 1992).

Programs of Study

The history and philosophy curricula lie at the heart of a liberal arts education.

Learn more >

What's New

The Department of History and Philosophy Has Established The Stan Sieber Student Travel Award

Learn more >