Barbara Schmitter Heisler

Emeritus Professor of Sociology

I am a political sociologist whose research has focused primarily on Europe and the United States, much of it on the topic of international migration. My research has been supported by several scholarships, including the Social Science Research Council and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. I was awarded a Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin in 1999. I have published numerous journal articles and book chapters. My recent research has focused on German prisoners of war who were interned in the United States during the second World War and returned as immigrants after the war. Publications based on this research include two journal article, one book chapter and a book, From German Prisoner of War to American Citizen: A Social History with 35 Interviews (McFarland Publishers, 2013).  I am currently working on a book length manuscript of World War II letters by a German artist.