lecturer & assistant director of undergraduate studies
department of history, university of michigan
Before I became an academic, I lived in Germany, where history always smacks of politics. Going to college in the US, I began to see history as placed and discovered while in graduate school, that it is a form of knowledge with its own language. By now, I feel quite comfortable to speak “history” and so perhaps its time to take some risks and break some rules. Therefore, I’m practicing to talk “trash” too. 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 I am increasingly venturing into more global terrain. I study cities, public leisure, film, popular culture, and am 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.