Paul B. Jaskot works on the political history of German art and architecture, with a specific focus on cultural policy during the Nazi period, and its impact on the Holocaust and postwar Germany. Since 1995, he has been working as a professor of art history at DePaul University. He received his PhD in art history from Northwestern University working on the intersection of architectural and ideological goals in the development of the SS forced-labor concentration camp system. Since that project, Jaskot has continued to expand on the complex relationship between the political function of art and the Nazi past particularly through the analysis of the postwar confluence of art with debates concerning the Holocaust, the persistence of shifting definitions of the perpetrator and the ebb and flow of conservative politics in Germany. Through his work on the built environment, he joined the Holocaust Geography Collaborative where he has become increasingly involved in the possibilities of digital mapping for the humanities. Currently he is focusing on a history of the German construction industry 1914-1945, which will form part of the deep context for his ongoing work with the collaborative in mapping and analyzing the spaces of forced labor.
In addition to his scholarly work, he served as the Director of the Holocaust Education Foundation (HEF) Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, and in 2014, he was the co-organizer of the HEF Lessons & Legacies biennial conference. He has also served as President of the College Art Association (2008-2010). Jaskot also co-directed (with Anne Kelly Knowles) the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Summer Institute on Digital Mapping and Art History.
Jaskot is Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University.