lecturer & assistant director of undergraduate studies
department of history, university of michigan
Before I became an academic, I lived in Germany where history always begins in antiquity, where it mustn’t repeat itself, where it never involves standardized testing, and where, at all cost, it avoids being nationalistic.
I learned to think responsibly about history in the context of my parents’ home. In school I came to realize that history is political, ever more so the harder it tries to be objective. As an undergraduate, I began to think critically about history. As a graduate student I discovered history as a form of knowledge that has its own language. I feel comfortable now to speak that language and so perhaps its time to take some risks and break some rules. A more ‘academic’ version of this story
Trained as a historian of modern Germany and Europe, I continue to research and teach in these fields but increasingly am venturing into more global terrain. I study cities, public leisure, film, popular culture, but right now I’m most deeply interested the global politics of waste and recycling. It is the dump that has captured my historical imagination. More about my research
At Michigan, I teach courses on the history of nazism (including its origins and representations), world history and the history of garbage. I have also taught courses on 20th century Europe, European cities, and the history of food and eating. More about me as a teacher
In my stolen time, I cook, write, dance, read, bike, take pics, ski, watch movies, run, hike, listen to music, and spend time with the people I love. If you’d like to know more about me as a me, you’ll just have to track me down and ask me in person.