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.

The history of everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte) guides my research and teaching. My first book focuses on supposed young delinquents in Munich (forthcoming in 2016). 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.