Department of History & Political Science


Robert D. Billinger, Jr.

Title: Ruth Davis Horton Professor of History
University of  North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., Ph.D.
Lehigh University, B.A.
Office: 214 Burris
Phone: 704-233-8066
Areas of interest: German and Austrian history of the 19th and 20th centuries; German POWs in the U.S. during World War II; private security firms and the conduct of global politics; international relations; the American political system


About Dr. Billinger:
Robert D. Billinger, Jr., Ph.D., a native of Bethlehem, PA, is the Ruth Davis Horton Professor of History at Wingate University, where he has taught since 1979. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and completed MA and PhD degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also was a Fulbright Graduate Scholar to Vienna, Austria. He is the author of three books, including two concerning German POWs in America during World War II. His Hitler’s Soldiers in the Sunshine State: German POWs in Florida was published by the University Press of Florida in 2000. That press published his Nazi POWs in the Tar Heel State in 2008.  One of his favorite presentation themes is: “Uniforms Conceal Diversity: German POWs in North Carolina Camps during World War II." His first book was Metternich and the German Question: States’ Rights and Federal Duties, 1820-1834, University of Delaware Press, 1991, and Billinger is an active member, participant, and presenter on nineteenth and twentieth century German topics at meetings of the German Studies Association and the Southern Historical Association. He is a member of the Executive Council of the SHA.