Baylor University
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

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Eric C. Rust

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Eric C. Rust

Professor of History

Office: Tidwell B25 (hours) Phone: (254) 710-6300


    •B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University, 1974
    •M.A., Lamar University, 1978
    •Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1987


Born December 24, 1950, in Lübeck, 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. Married since 1978 to the former Karen Marie Becnel; two sons.

Academic Interests and Research:

    Teaching: Renaissance, Reformation, Early Modern Europe, European Expansion, World History since 1500.
    Research: German maritime and naval history, with emphasis on the World Wars, submarines.
    Additional Interests: Historical demography; historiography.

Major Publications:

    •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 Jäger (Berlin: Ullstein, 1999, repr. 2001). Polish: Dowódcy U-bootów w II Wojnie Swiatowej (Gdansk: Finna, 2003). Selection of Military Book Club.

    •Translator, editor, of: Erich Topp, Fackeln über 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, 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.)

  • 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, Summer 2010.
    •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
    •FYS 1V99 (First Year Seminar on WW I)
    •HIS 1322
    •HIS 1323
    •HIS 1307 World History since 1500 (Waco & Maastricht)
    •HIS 1307H (Honors)
    •HIS 4329 The Renaissance and Reformation
    •HIS 4331 European Expansion, 1400-1800 (Waco & Maastricht)
    •HIS 4332
    •HIS 4340 (Maastricht)
    •HIS 4348 (Waco & Maastricht)
    •HIS 5348 (Waco & Maastricht)
    •HIS 5370
    •HIS 5V99