I joined Nottingham Trent University as Associate Professor of Twentieth Century History in September 2019, after three and a half years as DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Politics and German & European Studies at York University in Toronto. I am the Director of NTU’s Centre for Public History, Heritage and Memory, as well as leading a strategic project on “Transformative Memory” within NTU’s Global Heritage Theme.
My research interests include comparative politics and history; memory politics in Europe, in settler colonial societies, and transnationally; civic activism, social movements, and democratization; the memory of slow-moving and large-scale change; children and families in history and memory; and qualitative and network methodology. My monograph Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2017 and in German translation in 2020.
I have held various leadership positions, particularly as one of the founding Co-Presidents of the Memory Studies Association (together with Aline Sierp and Jeffrey Olick). I am the Chair of the COST Action CA20105 on Slow Memory, which will run from 2021-2025. I was also the founding Co-Chair of the Research Network on Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe in the Council for European Studies and the Co-Chair of the German Studies Association‘s Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Network. I am currently a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Post-Socialist Britain?, which is lead by Prof. Sara Jones.
I currently teach courses on memory studies, 20th century history, protest movements, revolutions and democracy, environmental change, the politics of memory, qualitative methods, and German history, politics and culture. I have built several mentorship programs (including within the MSA) and am a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.
After receiving my Ph.D. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010, I taught at the School of International Service at American University. From October 2012 to December 2013, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin Program of Advanced German & European Studies at the Free University of Berlin. From January to December 2014, I worked for the Independent Academic Commission at the Federal Ministry of Justice for the Critical Study of the National Socialist Past.
I live in Nottingham with my partner and three daughters and sadly, currently no cats. Those are the basics – please peruse this site for more details on my research and networks.