About Me

Berlin Wall (Summer 1990)

I am a historian of Modern European history enjoying life in the Shenandoah Valley. Born and raised near Bayreuth, Germany, I received my M.A. in History, Political Science, and English (American Cultural Studies) at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany in 2007. I completed my Ph.D. in Modern European History at Northern Arizona University in 2011 and taught as a full-time lecturer in Flagstaff until summer 2015. I am currently an Assistant Professor of History at Bridgewater College in Virginia.

The history of everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte) guides my research and teaching. This means I am interested in the experiences of everyday people, and those traditionally silenced in discussions. My most recent monograph focuses on supposed young delinquents in Munich from 1942 to 1973 (forthcoming May 2016). I also completed research on environmental justice movements and looked into the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust for my teaching. My current research project engages with daily life in German colonial Southwest Africa (modern day Namibia). Everyday experiences are also in the center of my courses on European and World History here in Virginia. I emphasize the voices of the silenced and disenfranchised, and highlight that history is, above all, and argument about the past; I also create hands-on learning experiences as ways to involve students beyond the classroom.