- Ph. D. University of Chicago, 1993
Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Eghigian was Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago and taught at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research and teaching interests focus on modern German political, social, cultural, and intellectual history with a particular interest in the history of the self and the human sciences in 20th century Germany. His publications have examined such topics as the role of sacrifice in German nationalism, pain and disability in German social policy, madness and identity following World War II, and East German conceptions of deviance. He is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled "The Reconstructed Personality: Crime, Politics, and Forensic Psychology in Germany, 1933-1989," that examines how politics and psychology defined ideals of personhood and normality in Nazi, West, and East Germany.