About Me

Berlin Wall (Summer 1990)

I am a historian of Modern European history, focusing on Germany and its empires. Born and raised near Bayreuth, Germany, I received my M.A. in History, Political Science, and English (American Cultural Studies) at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany in 2007. I completed my Ph.D. in Modern European History at Northern Arizona University in 2011 and taught as a full-time lecturer in Flagstaff until summer 2015. I am currently an Assistant Professor of History at Bridgewater College in Virginia.

The history of everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte) – or social history (Sozialgeschichte) – guide my research and teaching. This means I am interested in the experiences of everyday people as they navigate and engage with different environments, within Germany and throughout its empires. So far I focused on environmental justice movements in post-WWII Germany; I also analyzed constructions of supposed young delinquents within an urban space. More recently I concentrate on environmental dynamics in the German empire, namely colonial Southwest Africa (modern day Namibia). Everyday experiences are also in the center of my courses in European and World History at Bridgewater College. I emphasize the voices of the silenced and disenfranchised, often stress environmental factors, 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.