I am a historian of Modern European history somehow ‘stranded’ in the American Southwest. Born and raised near Bayreuth, Germany, I originally came to Arizona on a scholarship from the Federation of German-American Clubs. I studied at Northern Arizona University (NAU) for two semesters (2004/05), and then went back to finish my M.A. in history, political science, and English (American cultural studies) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (2007) in Germany. I returned to NAU for my Ph.D. and defended my dissertation focusing on social constructions of youth in Munich (2011).
Apart from close connections to my teaching, my research is grounded in everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte) and a history from below. As a full-time lecturer at NAU, I teach a variety of classes in European and World history. I am also involved in various public history projects. My own research focuses on young people in urban settings and environmental justice. I also completed research on the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust and the celebration of peace in a small German town since the end of the Thirty Year War. My most recent research explores constructions of an African ‘Other’ in German daily life.