Marion F. Deshmukh

Marion F. Deshmukh

Marion F. Deshmukh

Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History

European History: European cultural history, history of modern Germany and Austria, German and Austrian art history

Marion Deshmukh teaches German and European history and German and Austrian art history. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from UCLA and her MA, M.Phil, and PhD from Columbia University. Her research and publications include works and exhibition catalogues on German art and politics.  Her latest publication is the co-edited volume, Max Liebermann and International Modernism (2011).

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of two German Academic Exchange Grants (DAAD), a Fulbright grant, a J. Paul Getty, American Historical Association, and an Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany grant. She serves on the board of editors of the German Studies Review and is on the academic advisory committee of the Max Liebermann Gesellschaft (Society), Berlin. She chairs the board of the Friends of the Goethe-Institut (Washington, DC) and serves as Vice President of the Friends of the German Historical Institute (Washington, DC).

Current Research

Working on the relationship between the religious imagery of the German impressionist painter, Fritz von Uhde and the rise of socialism in late 19th century Germany.



Selected Publications

Max Liebermann: Modern Art and Modern Germany, (Ashgate Publishers, 2015)

Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War, [exhibition catalog], Irene Guenther, co-curator, Pepco Edison Gallery, Washington, DC & the Printing Museum, Houston, TX, 2014

Co-editor (with Françoise Forster-Hahn & Barbara Gaehtgens),  Max Liebermann and International Modernism: An Artist's Career from Empire to Third Reich (Studies in German History) (Berghahn Books, 2011)

Introduction and essay:  Sonderwege Historical and Art Historical: the Case of Max Liebermann in book above.

Iconoclash! Political Imagery from the Berlin Wall to German Unification, [Exhibition catalog, Goethe-Institut] (Washington, DC, 2009).

“The Visual Arts and Cultural Migration in the 1930s and 1940s: A Literature Review,” Central European History, 41:4, December, 2008, 569-604.

Max Liebermann: Works on Paper [Exhibition Catalog, Goethe-Institut] (Washington, DC, 2006).

“Max Liebermann and the Politics of Painting,” in: Max Liebermann from Realism to Impressionism, [Exhibition Catalogue, Skirball Cultural Center] (Los Angeles, CA, 2005), 128-149.

“The Revision of Vision: Kunstvereine after 1945,” in Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich (ed.), Germany and America, (New York & Oxford, 2001).

Grants and Fellowships

Fulbright Fellowship

J. Paul Getty Research Grant

AHA Humanities Focus Grant


German Foreign Office and German Information Center (German Embassy) grants

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

History 100: Western Civilization

History 300: Historical Methods

History 314: History of Germany in the 19th & 20th Centuries

History 388: Metropolitan Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Art History 303: National Traditions: Germany and Austria in the 19th and 20th Centuries

History 436: European Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries

History 499: Senior Seminar: The Third Reich and the Holocaust


Graduate Courses:

History 636: Germany in the 20th Century

History 640: Metropolitan Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

History 731: Research Seminar in European History, various topics

History 635: World War I in Europe


BA, Summa cum Laude, UCLA

MA, Columbia University, NYC

MPhil, Columbia University, NYC

PhD, Columbia, NYC

Certificate, L'ecole francais d'ete, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Recent Presentations


Opening Gallery Talk: "Postcards from the Trenches, Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War," August 19, 2014, Pepco Edison Gallery, Washington, DC

Keynote address:  "Art and Resistance" for Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 7, 2013, Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center, Annandale, VA

Keynote address:  "German Impressionism" November 18, 2012, for the opening of the Ernst Oppler, German Impressionism Exhibition, Foosamer Art Museum, Melbourne, Florida.

Featured speaker for the American Goethe Society to commemorate the 20th anniversary of German unification:  “Cultural Transformations: Berlin in the 20th Century,”   Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC, November 4, 2010 

Keynote addresses for an exhibition:  German Impressionist Landscape Painting: Liebermann-Corinth-Slevogt, “Berlin, 1900: Politics and the Triumvirate of Impressionism” Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, Texas, October 15 & 16, 2010.

“Berlin: Political Imagery since the Fall of the Wall,” Goethe Institut, Washington, DC, November, 2009.

“Berlin:  Two Centuries of Transformation, Politics and Culture,” Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, for the Smithsonian Institution, November, 2008.

“Let’s Laugh: Humor and German Politics, 1890-1914,” Invited talk, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, December, 2007.

“Modernism and the Visual Arts,” (Invited), German Studies Association, San Diego, CA, October, 2007.

In the Media

Press and media coverage for Postcards from the Trenches exhibition, 2014.


Was interviewed for National Public Radio (PBS) in November 2009 for the Iconoclash exhibit. Was also interviewed on Fox News (TV channel 5) and the Discovery Channel for the same exhibition in November 2009.


Dissertations Supervised

Rebecca Erbelding, About Time: The History of the War Refugee Board (2015)