I am a Modern European historian 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 Germany to finish my M.A. in history, political science, and English (American cultural studies) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (2007). I returned to NAU for my Ph.D. and defended my dissertation on social constructions of youth in spring 2011. Currently employed as a full-time lecturer for the Department of History at NAU, I teach a variety of classes in European and World history; I am also involved in various public history projects accessible to students. My research focuses on the history of young people in urban settings, environmental justice, and the Holocaust.