David A. Meola
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
B.Sc., University of North Carolina; M.A., Ph.D., University of British Columbia
David A. Meola specializes in German and Jewish history from the Enlightenment through the nineteenth century, with a focus on public expression and popular culture.
He is currently working on two projects. The first looks at German Jewish participation in local German-language newspapers in the Grand Duchy of Baden and the Kingdom of Hannover from 1815-1848. By looking through the local papers, we are able to gain a fuller picture of German Jews' interactions in society, and Meola claims that these intercessions in public culture are indicative of a society where Jewish and 'other German' men interacted on a daily basis.
Meola's second project uncovers the writings and roles of prominent German Jewish writers who all contributed to the nationalist and liberal movements from 1830-1847 and the failed democratic revolutions of 1848-1849.
Meola is originally a native of New Jersey, but has lived outside the United States for over a decade, living in various towns throughout Germany, and more recently, in the Greater Vancouver metropolis in British Columbia, Canada, where he completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in the Department of History.