Prof. Douglas W. Hatfield began his distinguished career of service at Rhodes in 1964, when he came to the Department after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. He served as chair of the Department from 1970 to 1980 and as director of the Search for Values Program from 1985 to 2000. Between 1989 and 2001, he was the J.J. McComb Professor of History, the first member of the Department to hold an endowed chair. Prof. Hatfield retired from full-time teaching in 2004, but he continues to teach on a part-time basis. His “Why Hitler?” class continues to be one of the Department’s most popular courses.
In 2005, the Department of History established the Douglas W. Hatfield Award, which is given annually to a senior for outstanding achievement in undergraduate research in history.
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Kentucky
B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), Baylor University
History 105 – Introductory Seminar: Why Hitler?