Elisabeth Van Meer

Adjunct Professor

Address: Maybank Hall 330
Office Hours: Virtual. MWF 3:00-4:00.
Phone: 843.953.1420
E-mail: vanmeerb@cofc.edu

Elisabeth van Meer has taught at the College of Charleston since 2008. She previously was a visiting professor at Presbyterian College. Dr. van Meer was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in History of Science and Technology.  She enjoys teaching special topics and survey courses in Modern European and World history.  Her research involves the international technological, cultural, and political history of East Central Europe, particularly interwar Czechoslovakia. She is completing a book manuscript on Expertise, Internationalism, and the Construction of Czechoslovakia, 1900-1948.


Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Research Interests

Technology and Culture, East Central Europe, International History

Courses Taught

Inventing Modern Europe
Inventing the West
Visions of “America” in Europe: From Buffalo Bill to Bill Gates
Technology and Culture in World History
Surveys in Western Civilization and World History

Honors and Awards

Junior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, East European Studies Program
University of Minnesota Dissertation Fellowship
Fulbright Fellow


"The Transatlantic Pursuit of a World Engineering Federation: For the Profession, the Nation, and International Peace." Technology and Culture 53, no. 1 (January, 2012): 120-145.

“Food, Trains, Coal, and Trade: American Relief and Reconstruction in Czechoslovakia after World War One.” Currently under review for Dějiny věd a techniky [History of Science and Technology].  

The Nation is Technological:’ Technical Expertise and National Competition in the Bohemian Lands, 1800-1914." In Expert Cultures in Central Eastern Europe: The Internationalization of Knowledge and the Transformation of Nation States since World War Iedited by Martin Kohlraush, Stefan Wiederkehr, and Katrin Steffen, 85-104. Osnabrück: Fibre Verlag, 2010.  

“Modernity on ‘Brabant’s Heath’: Building Batadorp in the Netherlands, 1932-1959.” In Company Towns of the Bat’a Concern: History – Cases – Architecture, edited by Ondřej Ševeček and Martin Jemelka, 165-178. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2013.

“Text, Image, Flusser:  Anke Finger, Rainer Guldin, and Gustavo Bernardo, Vilém Flusser; Vilém Flusser, Into the Universe of Technical Images; Vilém Flusser, Does Writing Have a Future?” Technology and Culture 53, no. 4 (October 2012): 913-917.