Lecturer & Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of History
University of Michigan
Ph.D. in German and European History, University of Michigan, 2011
B.A. History and Psychology, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, 2002
Before I became an academic, I lived in Germany where history always begins in antiquity, mustn’t repeat itself, never involves standardized testing, and at all cost insist that national history isn’t nationalist.
I learned to think responsibly about German (my national) 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. At Rutgers University, where I completed my undergraduate degree, I began to think critically about history. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan I discovered history as a form of knowledge that has its own language. Mastering that language seems utopian to me still, but perhaps out of necessity, I manage to speak it now, with varying degrees of success but with growing passion. Here’s 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. My research largely focuses on the history of Nazism and the Second World War, with particular interest in cities, public leisure, film, popular culture and the politics of waste and recycling. Learn more about my research
At Michigan, I teach courses on Nazism and its representations in popular culture since the demise of the Third Reich. I have also taught courses on 20th Century Europe, European Cities, Food and Eating, and am just about to take on the task of teaching plain, straight-forward World History (as if there were anything plain or straightforward about it). Learn 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.