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.