Eric C. Rust
M W F 7:30-7:50 a.m., 9:00-10:00 a.m., 12:00-12:45 p.m. Or by appointment.
- B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University, 1974
- M.A., Lamar University, 1978
- Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1987
Native of Lubeck, Germany. Permanent resident of the U.S. Service in the West German Navy, 1969-1970. Academic studies in Germany, Canada and the U.S., 1971-1987. Baylor faculty member since 1984.
Academic Interests and Research
Renaissance, Reformation, Early Modern Europe, European Expansion, World History since 1500, World Cultures.
Research: European and German maritime and naval history, with emphasis on the World Wars, submarines.
Additional Interests: Historical demography; historiography.
- Author of 2 book chapters in Theodore P. Savas, ed., Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-Boat War in the Atlantic (New York: Savas Beatie, 2004). Selection of Military Book Club.
- Author of book chapter in William M. McBride, ed., New Interpretations in Naval History (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1998).
- Author/translator of 3 book chapters in Theodore P. Savas, ed., Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of WW II (Savas, 1997; Nav. Inst. Press, 2003). German: Lautlose Jager (Berlin: Ullstein, 1999, repr. 2001). Polish: Dowodcy U-bootow w II Wojnie Swiatowej (Gdansk: Finna, 2003). Selection of Military Book Club.
- Translator, editor, of: Erich Topp, Fackeln uber dem Atlantik: Lebensbericht eines U-Boot-Kommandanten (Bonn: Mittler, 1990); published as The Odyssey of a U-Boat Commander: Recollections of Erich Topp (New York: Praeger, 1992).
- Author, Naval Officers under Hitler: The Story of Crew 34 (New York: Praeger, 1991).
- Author of 28 scholarly articles; 38 conference presentations; 44 book reviews in historical journals; TV appearances; consultant for BBC, PBS, History Channel, Naval Institute Press, Indiana University Press, University of Oklahoma Press, McGraw-Hill, Longman, Macmillan, National Geographic Society, Texas Education Agency, Educational Testing Service, Journal of Military History, International Journal of Naval History, International Journal of Maritime History, The Mariner's Mirror, etc.
Works in Progress
Civil Courage in Uniform: The Life and Death of U-Boat Commander Oskar Kusch (New York: Savas Beatie Publishing Group) (forthcoming.)
Manuscript in progress, with Dr. Michael Pavillard in Las Palmas, on role of Canary Islands in World War II
Book-length project on the disastrous storms and floods along the German North Sea coast in medieval and early modern times, tentatively entitled The Great Man-Drownings.
- Member, Graduate Faculty
- Semester-long sabbatical: Spring/Summer 2000.
- Numerous summer sabbaticals and University Research Council travel grants.
- Voted Centennial Professor, 2005.
- Faculty Senate, 2000-2006; Senate Secretary and member of Senate Executive Committee: 2001-2006.
- Resident director, Baylor in Maastricht (semester-long study abroad program in the southern Netherlands), Fall 2005, Fall 2007, Summer 2009 to present.
- Faculty sponsor of the Baylor Amateur Radio Club (BARC), 1985 to present.
- Honors Colloquia, 1980s to present.
- Reader and Table Leader, College Board, AP European History, 2000 to present.
Courses Taught at Baylor
- BIC 1324 World Cultures II
- FYS 1V99 (First Year Seminar on WW I)
- HIS 1322 Western Civilization I
- HIS 1323 Western Civilization II
- HIS 1307 World History since 1500 (Waco and Maastricht)
- HIS 1307H World History since 1500 (Honors)
- HIS 4329 Renaissance and Reformation
- HIS 4331 European Expansion, 1400-1800 (Waco and Maastricht)
- HIS 4332 Early Modern Europe
- HIS 4340 Special Topics in History (Maastricht)
- HIS 4348 Independent Study in European History (Waco and Maastricht)
- HIS 5348 Readings in European History (Waco and Maastricht)
- HIS 5370 Historiography Seminar
- HIS 5V99 Thesis