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., 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 project engages with Namibia, a former German colony located in Southwest Africa. The disenfranchised are also in the center of my courses on European and World history here at NAU. Instead of repeating simplistic meta-narratives I encourage students to critically engage with the past and give the silenced a voice in history; I also try to find ways to involve students in the construction of history based on various hands-on learning projects.