About Me

Berlin Wall (summer 1990)

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 returned to Germany to finish my M.A. in history, political science, and English (American cultural studies) at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (2007). I attended NAU again for my Ph.D. program, completed my dissertation in 2011, and have been a full-time lecturer here in Flagstaff ever since.

A history of everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte) guides my research and teaching. In addition to my dissertation work focusing on supposed young delinquents in Munich, I also completed research on environmental justice and the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust. My current research project engages with daily life in German Southwest Africa (modern day Namibia), a former German colony. Everyday experiences are also in the center of my courses on European and World history here at NAU. 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.