I work on 20th century German history, and am presently writing my dissertation, entitled "Questionable Pasts: Managing a Personal Nazi Past in the West German Public, 1957-1979."
My dissertation examines the strategies individuals publicly accused of having a Nazi past employed to manage such accusations between 1957 and 1979. Despite a scholarly sense that West German society largely accepted the Adenauer policy of amnesty and integration, and avoided discussions regarding crimes committed by Germans during the Second World War, some West Germans were apparently not so confident that their fellow countrymen and -women would accept their Nazi-era actions and postwar explanations of these actions. Individuals accused of such crimes saw real threats to their image and honor. Some attempted to manage public understanding and discourse regarding their past by engaging in media battles over the correct version of their past; others turned to the legal system to have their version of the past verified and gain injunctions against undesirable claims about their personal history.
In-Residence Writing Fellowship (Spring 2015) from the Leibnitz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (Mainz).
Ballard-Seashore Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of Iowa (2014-15).
Visiting Fellowship at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (2013).
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Graduate Fellowship (2010).