- John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies (2021)
- Fulbright Award (2021)
- Bicentennial Medal (2020)
A study abroad trip to Salzburg, Austria after her freshman year in college, helped Lisa Fetheringill Zwicker decide to become a historian of German-speaking Central Europe. Zwicker earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in History at the University of California Berkeley and joined the History Department at IU South Bend in 2004. She is currently Professor of History with a specialty in German history.
Zwicker writes about gender, everyday life, and social change around the turn of the century in Germany. Her recent published work examines the history of emotions, pioneering Jewish women in Central Europe, and the first generation of modern Catholic women leaders in Germany. Her research now focuses on two areas: a book project with the title "Faith, Freedom, Feminism, and Love: Catholic Academic Women Living Catholic Traditions & the Catholic Future, 1880-1950" and preparing for a Fulbright fellowship in Wrocław Poland “Breaking Through Barriers: Breslau/Wrocław’s Jewish Women Leaders, 1830-1930.”
At IU South Bend, Professor Zwicker teaches European history surveys as well as general education courses on World War I, National Socialist Germany, and Biography and Gender in European history. Her first book considered German university students and their politics, "Dueling Students: Conflict, Masculinity, and Politics, in Germany 1890-1914", and she built on that interest in the history of higher education to teach a seminar on the history of IU South Bend as part of the IU Bicentennial celebration. She particularly enjoys teaching reacting to the past courses in which students become characters from the past and draw on primary sources to debate historical topics. She has used the Reacting pedagogy in courses on Charles Darwin’s World, the French Revolution, and Turning Points in Asian History.
Together with Jeff Luppes and with Kelcey Ervick, she has led four study abroad trips to Germany, and she loves introducing students to her favorite city, Berlin! In 2013 she became international programs director and collaborated with trip leaders, student interns, and campus administrators to achieve the strategic plan goal of doubling the number of students studying abroad at IU South Bend.