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History | Raymond Sun

Associate Professor of History

Wilson-Short Hall 339



Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1992
MA., The Johns Hopkins University 1986
MA., University College Cork (Republic of Ireland) 1983
B.A., Swarthmore College, 1982

Research and Teaching Interests

Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Rescue and Resistance in the Holocaust; History of the World Wars; History of Nazi Germany; War, Memory, and Society.



Before the Enemy Is Within Our Walls: Catholic Workers in Cologne, 1885–1912: A Social, Cultural and Political History (Boston: Humanities Press, Inc., a subsidiary of Brill Academic Publishers, 1999).


“Hiding in Plain Sight:  Gender, Faith, and the Conflicted Legacies of a Dutch Rescuer,” in Judy Baumel-Schwartz, ed., Their Brothers’ Keeper: Jews Saving Jews During the Holocaust (Peter Lang Publishing, Bern, Switzerland), forthcoming 2021.

“Teaching During the Pandemic:  Agency, Empathy, and Humility,” in Creating Under Corona, Judy Baumel-Schwartz, ed.  Digital book in English and Hebrew (The Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, 2020), pp. 139-40. 

“’Remembering is Not an Innocent Act’:  Reflections on Postwar German War Memory and Peace Studies,” in Noriko Kawamura, Yoichiro Murakami, and Shin Chiba, eds., Building New Pathway to Peace  (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011)

“Finding Light in the Darkness? The Historical Treatment of Genocide as a Template for the Field of Hate Studies,” Journal of Hate Studies Vol. 3, No. 1 (2003–04): 167–75.

“‘Hammer Blow”: Work, the Workplace, and the Culture of Masculinity among Catholic Workers in the Weimar Republic,” in Central European History 37, No. 2 (Summer 2004): 245–71.

“Catholic–Marxist Competition in the Working-Class Parishes of Cologne during the Weimar Republic,” in Catholic Historical Review 83, No. 1 (January 1997): 20–43.

Media and Public Outreach

Fallen Cougars, a digital exhibit of +225 war dead from Washington State College during the Second World War, 2017 to the present.  Opened December 2021.  Fallen Cougars (

Honors & Awards

2020-2021 WSU Center for Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship

2018 WSU Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction

2007 Elected to the WSU President’s Teaching Academy

1999–2000 William F. Mullen Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Washington State University