I am a native of Santa Cruz, California, a community in which hippies, yuppies, surfers, pagans, college students, Mexican immigrants, and blue-collar workers mix in surprising ways. Foreshadowing my current position, I headed to the Northeast for college, earning a B.A. in History (with a concentration in feminist and gender studies) from Haverford College. After living briefly in Germany and later Italy, I returned to California for graduate school, receiving my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, where I studied modern European history, with minor fields in world history and cross-cultural women’s history. Though I miss the magnificent Pacific Ocean, I love living in New York and experiencing the changing seasons.
I teach various courses in European history, the Holocaust and genocide, as well as special topics courses on modern Germany, modern Italy, World War I, and Weimar & Nazi Germany. I am also coordinator of SLU’s European Studies program.
- My research focuses on the political culture of the German Empire (1871-1918), especially the popular understanding of political violence. I am especially interested in the place of Social Democracy and anarchism on the political landscape. Other research areas include the history of anarchism and utopianism. A research project I am just beginning explores depictions of the city of Berlin in twentieth-century German film.
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- _Assassins & Conspirators: Anarchism, Socialism, and Political Culture in Imperial Germany_ (Northern Illinois University Press, February 2014)
- “Utopia, science, and the nature of civilization in Theodor Hertzka’s _Freiland_,” _Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies_ 48, no. 1 (February 2012)
- “Anarchism’s appeal to German workers, 1878-1914,” _Journal for the Study of Radicalism_ 5, no. 1 (Spring 2011)
- “The Left Liberal Critique of Anarchism in Imperial Germany,” _German Studies Review_ 33, no. 2 (May 2010)
- “Performing Persecution: Witnessing and Martyrdom in the Anarchist Tradition,” _Radical History Review_ 98 (Spring 2007)
- “The Anarchist as Monster in Fin-de-siècle Europe,” in _Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil_, ed. Niall Scott (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007)
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Introduction to European Studies
- Nineteenth-century Europe
- Twentieth-century Europe
- Women in Modern Europe
- The Holocaust
- Genocide in the Modern World
- Historical Research Methods seminar: World War I
- First-Year Program: The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien
- First-Year Seminar: Utopia & Dystopia in the Modern World
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- "Homosexuality and National Socialism: The Effects of Nazi Persecution on Homosexual Identity Formation and Community"
- "Film, Facts, and Feminism: Remembering the Women of the Spanish Civil War"
- "The Development of a Nazi Aesthetic and its Prominence in Third Reich Art, Propaganda, and Visual Culture"
- "Dublin Rule is just a Sunningdale Away!: The Failure and Success of Northern Ireland’s 1973 and 1998 Peace Agreements"