Joshua Cole

Josh Cole
Mentor: Dr. Sheryl Kroen
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I've always believed that ideas matter, and I find the interplay between intellectual, social, and material factors to be a particularly interesting area of history. I love Germany, and have a particular love for Berlin, the birthplace of so many radical ideas. I could think of no better way to gain a deeper understanding of historical factors than to dig deep into a particular time and place, and USP and the honors program give me the opportunity to do so."


History; Economics



Research Interests

  • Intellectual History
  • German Culture
  • Economic Theory

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • National Merit Finalist
  • Institute for Humane Studies
  • Foundation for Economic Education Alumnus
  • Dean's List


  • UF Libertarians
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • University Economics Society


  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Shakespeare Histories
  • Romantic-era Piano Music
  • Travel
  • Cooking and Wine

Research Description

Rathenau and Metropolis: the German technocrats' Ideal in Berlin Culture
.This paper examines the interplay between intellectual and cultural history. Walther Rathenau (1867-1922), banker, writer, economist, statesman, and polymath, and his ideals represented the intersection of several currents in the social thought of his age. These ideas--corporatism, futurism, and class harmony--were reflected not only in the political thought but in the culture of the time, in films like Fritz Lang's Metropolis. As part of a larger study, this paper will look at the commonalities between Rathenau's views and those of the film, summed up in its moral of paternalistic class cooperation: "The mediator between the Head and the Hands shall be the Heart.