Department of History
West Chester University
506 Main Hall
Assistant Professor of History
Modern Germany; 19th- and 20th-Century Europe; Renaissance and Reformation; Religion in Europe; Nazi Germany; Genocide; Central Europe
Dr. Gaydosh’s research interests lie in the history of the Catholic Church in 20th-century Germany. She is preparing to publish a biography of Father Bernhard Lichtenberg, a Catholic martyr of the Nazi era, with Catholic University Press. In addition, she is researching the life of Cardinal Alfred Bengsch, as he ministered to a split Berlin during the Cold War.
This is Professor Gaydosh’s second career. She earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics in 1980 and worked as an actuarial analyst for 15 years. In her late 30s, Brenda returned to school, earning her M.A. in history from West Chester University (1999) and Ph.D. in history from American University (2010). She taught as a fulltime adjunct at West Chester University (2005-2013) and was named Who’s Who among American Teachers three times. Dr. Gaydosh has presented numerous papers including three in Europe. She was the group leader for two EF College Study Tours: “The Holocaust in Europe,” in summer 2012 and “WWII in Western Europe” in summer 2013. She is planning to take students to Rwanda in 2014, Turkey and Armenia in 2015, and Germany in 2017 (500th anniversary year of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses). Dr. Gaydosh was promoted to Assistant Professor of History in 2013.