Department of History
Waterville, Maine 04901
Tel.: (207) 872-5331 (office) and (207) 873-6252 (home)
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Colby College: Professor of Modern European History, since September
2006 (Associate Professor 1999-2006; Assistant Professor 1994-99).
Chair of History Department 2000-2003
and since 2005.
Bowdoin College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern European History, 1993-1994.
Brandeis University: Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of History, 1989-92.
Kantonsschule Wettingen and Kantonsschule Olten (Switzerland). Several appointments as substitute teacher of German and History for a total period of twelve months in 1986-87 and 1990-91.
Universität Zürich: Tutor, 1983-1986. Offered independent, ungraded courses on autobiography, psychohistory, the history of childhood, the social history of death, and German resistance against Nazism.
Universität Basel (Switzerland)
Habilitation in Modern History, April 2003. Title of thesis: “Mothers of the Nation: Right-Wing Women in the Weimar Republic.”
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Ph.D. in Comparative European History in May 1993. Title of dissertation: "Intrigue and Illusion: Alfred von Tirpitz in German Right-Wing Politics, 1914-1930," 395pp., accepted on 15 April 1993. Dissertation adviser: Prof. Rudolph Binion.
Qualifying examinations passed with honors (distinction in all fields) on 22 March 1990.
First year research paper, accepted as a master's thesis: "German Social Democracy and the Question of Participation in Government, 1890-1914," 79pp.
Universität Zürich (Switzerland)
Lizentiat (equivalent to the M.A.), May 1988.
Major field: "General History" (Modern Period, Middle Ages, Antiquity)
Minor fields: "German Literature Since 1700" and "History of the German Language." Thesis: "Childhood in German Autobiographical Writings 1740-1820." 150pp.
Additional courses and workshops in psychology, pedagogics, didactics, and Latin. Psycho-therapeutic workshops with Doris and Werner Lässer and with Dr. Alice Miller (1983-87).
Konservatorium und Musikakademie Zürich
Musical training as a cello student of Prof. Claude Starck, 1980-1981.
Kantonsschule Wettingen (Switzerland) Matura in April 1980. Focus on modern languages and sciences. Extensive instruction in French, English, and Italian. Exchange student in Lugano (Switzerland) during the fall of 1978.
Research Grants from the Social Science Division, Colby College, every year 1995-2006.
Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, June 1998.
Summer Research Grant from the Bergstrom-Dimmer Foundation, Harpswell, Maine, March 1998.
Course Development Grant from the European Community Studies Association for the academic year 1995-96. April 1994.
Quadrille Ball Fellowship, Institute for International Education, New York, August 1992.
Dissertation Year Fellowship, Brandeis University, May 1992.
Fellowship, Center for International Studies in Politics and History (chairman: Prof. Robert Art), Brandeis University, May 1990.
Abram L. Sachar Award for Studies and Research Abroad, Brandeis University, April 1990.
“The Executions of Black Soldiers from the French Army by the
in 1940: The Question of Authorization,” Twenty-Eighth Annual
of the German Studies Association, Washington, D. C., 6-10 October 2004.
“Kuno Graf von Westarps Kriegsziele und außenpolitische
im Ersten Weltkrieg [Kuno Count Westarp’s War Aims and Foreign Policy
in the First World War],” Conference on Count Westarp, Gärtringen
22 and 23 May 2004.
“War as Renewal? The Historical Context of The Magic Mountain,” Conference of the Maine Endowment for the Humanities on Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain, Bowdoin College, 12 and 13 March 2004.
“Die Hinrichtungen schwarzafrikanischer Soldaten aus der
Armee durch die Wehrmacht. Motivation und Kontext,“
(Inaugural Lecture), Universität Basel, 13 January 2004.
Commentary on session “Radicalizing the Nation: The Impact of the First World War on German Nationalism and Political Culture,” 118th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, 8-11 January 2004.
Commentary on session “Antisemitismus, Antifeminismus, Anti-Parlamentarismus. Politische Ausgrenzungsstrategien in Deutschland von 1890 bis 1933,” Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, 18-21 September 2003.
"Racism and Women's Rights in the Thinking of German Right-Wing Women, 1919-1933," Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego, California, 3-6 October 2002.
“Höfische Intrige als Machtstrategie in der Weimarer Republik,” Conference on “Adelsgeschichte als Gesellschaftsgeschichte,” Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, 5-7 March 2002.
Commentary on session "Die Frauenfrage als Heiratsfrage: Marriage, Morality, and Maidenhood in Imperial Germany," Twenty-fifth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Washington, D.C., 4-7 October 2001.
"Anti-Semitism and Racism in the Politics of German Right-Wing Women," Graduate Colloquium at the University of Basel (Switzerland), 25 June 2001 (in German).
"National Solidarity over Interest Politics: The Volksgemeinschaft
of Bourgeois Women Politicians in the Weimar Republic," Twenty-fourth
Conference of the German Studies Association in Houston, Texas, 5-8
"Yugoslavia as History: An Introduction," Conference: Ethnic
Yugoslavia and Beyond. A Conference for Teachers. Lewiston-Auburn
Organized by the Maine Humanities Council. 24 September 1999.
"The Party as Home and Family? Women in the Local Groups of the German Nationalist People's Party and the German People's Party," Conference on Women and Nationalism at the University of Bremen, 25 June 1999 (in German).
"Family and Motherhood in the Rhetoric of German Women Politicians, 1918-1933," Maine Women's Studies Conference, University of Maine, Farmington, 14 October 1998.
"The Role of Women Politicians in the Deutschnationale Volkspartei," Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Salt Lake City, Utah, 8-11 October 1998.
"'Guardians of the Race?' Racism and Anti-Semitism of Right-Wing Women Politicians in the Weimar Republic," History Department, University of Bremen, 16 June 1998 (in German).
"Joint Protest Actions of German Women's Groups in the Early Weimar Republic," Twentieth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Seattle, Washington, 10-13 October 1996.
"German Conservatives and the Introduction of Female Suffrage, 1918-19," Nineteenth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Chicago, Illinois, 21-24 September 1995.
"Die politische Aktivität von Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz," colloquium at the German Military Research Institute (Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt) in Freiburg im Breisgau, 14 December 1992.
"Right-Wing Putschism in the Early Weimar Republic: Goals and Strategies, 1922-1924," Sixteenth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1-4 October 1992.
"Between Hardening and Symbiosis: German Boys in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," Tenth Annual Convention of the International Psychohistorical Association, Hunter College, New York City, 6-9 June 1987.
"Childhood in Autobiographical Writings of the German Speech Area, 1740-1820," Ninth Annual Convention of the International Psychohistorical Association, Hunter College, New York City, 7-10 June 1986.
German, French, and English: Fluent reading, writing, and speaking. Italian: Fluent reading, adequate writing and speaking. Latin: Adequate reading. Serbian/Croatian: Basic knowledge.
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