Robert Billinger, Jr., Ph.D.

Robert Bilinger

Professor Emeritus of History at Wingate University, author

Robert D. Billinger, Jr., Ph.D., a native of Bethlehem, PA, is a Professor Emeritus of History at Wingate University, where he taught between 1979 and 2014. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and completed graduate 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." Billinger, a sports fan, long term member of the Wingate Bulldog Club, and former faculty athletic representative at Wingate University also has an interest in the role that sports has played in building communities, whether in German POW camps or in North Carolina mill towns.






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