Office Hours

  • T - Th 1:30 - 2:30, W 3:00 - 4:00



Helena Waddy

Professor of


Sturges Hall 311
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Helena Waddy has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1985.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Research Interests

  • Modern Germany
  • Contemporary Europe
  • Social and Cultural History

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Waddy Oberammergau in the Nazi Era: The Fate of a Catholic Village in Hitler's Germany
  • Images of Faith: Expressionism, Catholic Folk Art, and the Industrial Revolution
My Classes

HIST 221:
Research in History:

    Students will get an intensive introduction to the process of historical research and writing in a seminar setting. This course will acquaint students with research methods, train them to interpret primary sources and lead them through the conceptualization, research, drafting, and rewriting of an historical study. Prerequisites: 9 hours of college-level history credit, at least 3 hours of which must be at Geneseo; or junior standing. Multiple sections offered every fall & spring semester

HIST 344:
Nazi Germany

    This course covers the Nazi era in Germany, which began in 1914 with the First World War and ended with the 1949 division of the country into East and West Germany. Highlights include the experience of trench warfare, Hitler's early career in politics, the despair created by the Great Depression, explanations of the Nazi victory in 1933, the racial culture of the Nazi years, the" total war" of 1939-1945, particularly the nightmare of the Eastern Front , the perpetration of the Holocaust, and Hitler's immediate legacy in the chaotic postwar years. The analytical approach mixes political with socio-cultural issues to explore in particular the ordinary German's experience of Nazism. Prerequisites: HIST 220 and HIST 221 or permission of the instructor. Not offered on a regular basis

HUMN 221:
H/Western Humanities II

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from 1600 to the present. The course is factual as well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered. Prerequisite: Humn 220.