Rebecca Brückmann


Rebecca Brückmann left the JFKI in 2016. She is now a research associate in the Department of History at the University of Cologne and can be reached at


Doctoral Degree in Modern History, Freie Universität Berlin, November 2014.

Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate School of North American Studies, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, 2010-2014.

Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary History, Sociology, and Political Science, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, May 2010.

Professional Experience

4-9/2013 and  4-9/2014           

Lecturer, History Department, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute.

7-9/2009, 7-10/2011 and 2-5/2012                   

Research visits to state archives and to the Universities of Arkansas   (Fayetteville and Little Rock), Louisiana State Universities (Baton Rouge and Shreveport), Tulane University (New Orleans), The University of New Orleans, The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), The University of South Carolina (Columbia), Clemson University, South Carolina State          University (Orangeburg), and Winthrop University (Rock Hill).

2/2009 – 9/2010        

Student assistant, Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “’Love’, Work, Recognition,” Berlin Social Science Center (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung).

9/2007 – 6/2008       

Student assistant, Holocaust Research Room, The University of Leicester.


2010 – 2014              

German Research Foundation (DFG; Graduate School of North American Studies).    

2004 – 2010              

German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).


Brückmann, Rebecca. Review of Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest, edited by Yvonne J. Johnson. Kirksville: Truman State University Press, 2010. 49th Parallel, Vol. 26 (Autumn 2011).

Brückmann, Rebecca. “Performing Southern Female Whiteness: Women’s Groups in Massive Resistance.” In On Whiteness. Edited by Nicky Falkof and Oliver Cash-Brown. E-Book, 79–89. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012.

Brückmann, Rebecca. ““I have been here from the start, and I am staying to the finish”: Women in Massive Resistance.” University of California (UCLA), E-Scholarship, Center for Women's Studies, April 05, 2013.

Brückmann, Rebecca. Review of The Southern Manifesto: Massive Resistance and the Fight to Preserve Segregation, by John K. Day.Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2014. Florida Historical Quarterly (forthcoming).

Selected Presentations

February 2012: Annual meeting of the South Carolina Historical Association, paper presentation: “’For Our American Form of Government’: South Carolinian Women in Massive Resistance.”

January 2013: Annual meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, paper presentation: “Proto-Feminist Groups in Massive Resistance.”

February 2013: Graduate student research conference “Thinking Gender,” University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Women’s Studies, paper presentation: “’I’ve been here from the start, and I’m staying to the finish’: Women in Southern Segregationism.”

November 2013: Annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association in Cincinnati, Ohio, paper presentation: “’We’re working, too, we can’t leave’: Women’s activities in Massive Resistance.”

April 2014: Annual meeting of the British Association of American Studies, University of Birmingham, paper presentation: “Massive Resistance Revisited: New Interpretations of the Segregationist Counter-Movement.”