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 322:
Germany from Nazis to Present

    This course will explore the origins, history, and legacy of Nazi Germany, the development of domestic and foreign policies of the two Germanies during the Cold War, and the causes and process of the East German revolution in 1989. Based on this background, the course will address and analyze various policy problems--political, social, economic, and foreign-facing contemporary Germany. Major debates about Germany, such as the reasons for the Nazi seizure of power, responsibility for the Holocaust, themes of continuity and change, coming to terms with the past, and comparisons and relations with the U.S. will highlight the course. (Crossed listed with PLSC 322). 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.