Melissa A. Amateis


University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Dr. Patrick Jones

Academic Interests:

Anti-Semitism, Nationalism, and Fascism on the Great Plains in the 1930s-1940s



Bio Note:

Native Nebraskan Melissa Amateis is a first year PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She earned her MA in history at UNL in 2004. Her thesis, "Denazification on the Plains: The Intellectual Diversion Program and the German Prisoner of War Camp at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, 1943-1946" was expanded and turned into a book, "Nebraska POW Camps: A History of WW2 Prisoners in the Heartland" and published by The History Press in 2014. This book won the 2014 Nebraska Book Award in the Nonfiction: History of Nebraska category. In 2020, The History Press published her book, "WWII Nebraska," an overview of the state's homefront activities. Amateis has also published several articles in AMERICA IN WWII magazine. Her current research interests focus on nationalism, anti-Semitism, and fascism in the Great Plains in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

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