Dr. Kristin Semmens

Dr. Kristin Semmens
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of History/ Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
Office: CLE B204

BA (UBC), MA (UVic), PhD (Cambridge)

Area of expertise

Modern European and German history, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, World War II, public history

Office Hours

Mondays, Thursdays 11:30-12:30 or by appointment.


I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in both the History Department and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. I studied at the University of British Columbia (BA Honours in History), the University of Victoria (MA in History) and the University of Cambridge, UK (PhD in History).

I specialize in German history over the 20th century, with special interest and expertise in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. My book, Seeing Hitler’s Germany: Tourism in the Third Reich, offers an in depth look at state-run and commercial tourism under the Nazi regime. I also teach classes in public history: how we learn about the past outside academia, whether it be in museums, historical fiction or even video games.

I was honoured to be the recipient of UVic’s 2013 Gilian Sherwin Award and a five-time winner of the UVic History Department’s “Most Valuable Professor” Award. I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled Nazi Germany in Focus, a short introduction to the Third Reich intended for undergraduates and university instructors.

Selected publications


 "A Holiday from the Nazis? Everyday Tourism in the Third Reich", in Lisa Pine (ed). Life and Times in Nazi Germany (Palgrave Macmillan: 2016).

"'Tourism and autarky are conceptually incompatible': international tourism conferences in the Third Reich", in Eric Zuelow (ed). Touring beyond the Nation: A Transnational Approach to European Tourism (Ashgate: 2011).

Seeing Hitler's Germany: Tourism in the Third Reich (Palgrave Macmillan: 2005).