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
Fall 2015 Classes

HIST 221:
Res Hist:Writing the Holocaust

    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 pr
    imary 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
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HIST 349:
The Holocaust

    This course considers the Holocaust as the culmination of many diverse developments in European history: political, socio-economic, cultural, theological, and ethical. Consequently, the readings ext
    end back through Shakespeare to the Bible, and they include contemporaries' accounts from the Nazi, the victims', and the rescuers' perspectives. The course will also assess the legacies of the Holocaust to the postwar world, including the founding of Israel. The approach is multicultural with emphasis on both Western and Eastern European experiences. Prerequisites: HIST 220 and HIST 221 or permission of the instructor. Not offered on a regular basis
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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.
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