B.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., New York University
Assistant Professor of History
Engaged in teaching and writing the history of modern Germany and the world.
My first book, Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany (Duke University Press, 2012) asked how so many young West Germans in the 1960s came to feel both politically and emotionally connected to events happening tens of thousands of miles away in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, and why this relationship has been so often condemned as the gateway to left-wing terrorism. I revealed the influence of Third World students in West Germany as catalysts to mobilization and the importance of human rights demands in their activism, and argued that cultural revolution rather than armed struggle was Third-Worldism’s most enduring legacy. My ongoing work continues to follow the movement of activists, intellectuals, forms of knowledge and political action both into and out of modern Germany.
Both my teaching and my scholarship aims to reintroduce histories of modern Germany and Europe into the history of the larger world. In my classes, we pursue that goal through topics as diverse as the history of world economic orders, cities, and the exhibition of ethnic performers as "savages" in 19th-century Europe. We learn about the events and processes that shaped modern Europe while keeping an eye on the margins, and the unrealized histories of the continent's last two centuries.
In addition to my book, I have published book chapters on West German labor internationalism and the Cold War, the 1960s World Youth Festivals, and the politics of gore. I have a journal article forthcoming about the deportation of Palestinians from West Germany in the wake of the 1972 Munich terrorist attack, and chapters forthcoming about the entanglement of Mao's China with both East and West Germany. I am an active member of the European Protest Research Network, the American Historical Association, the German Studies Association, and the Transnational Studies Initiative.