PhD Projects


Ongoing Dissertations:

Helen Gibson

Automotive Culture and Citizenship in America: The Racial Dynamics of Postwar Consumerism

Kira Alvarez

“My Heart is in the East, but I am in the West:” Nationalism and the Classical Music World in the United States and Mandatory Palestine, 1920-1948

Dang Hoai

The U.S.- Vietnamese negotiations during the Vietnam War (1965- 1968)

Sarah Epping

The United States in Mesopotamia (Iraq), to 1921 (working title)

Valeria Benko:

Managing the West: the Public Debate on the Third World and the Form of Global Governance (1974-1977).

Annika Estner:

Mir. Progress. Prava čeloveka. Sowjetische Dissidenten in der Wissenschaft, 1970er-1990er Jahre.

Annette Karpp:

Punk and/or Human Rights? From Anti-Establishment Ideology to an Agenda of Political Participation in London's and New York City's Punk Scenes, 1970s-2000s.

Nadja Klopprogge:

Seperate but Equal?: Contesting the Concept of Equality, African American GIs in Occupied Germany.

Tilman Pietz:

World Stage in America: The Institutional Design, Setting, and Performances of the United Nations Security Council, 1945-1971

Mare Pit:

HOWL: Retelling the History of the North American Arctic from a Dog's Perspective.

Victoria Tafferner:

Iron Teeth and Brittle Bodies: Visual Cultures of Women's Occupational Health in Industrial America.

Carolin Viktorin:

Branding Spain. Die Kultur-und Tourismuspolitik des Franco-Regimes als nationale Imagewerbung in Westeuropa 1945-1975.

Completed Dissertations since 2010:

Phillip Reick:

Protection and Emancipation in Moments of Historical Crisis: A Comparative Analysis of Social Movements in Berlin and New York City in the 1870s and 1930s.

Stefanie Land-Hilbert:

Narrating the Other: Indigenous Representations in Twentieth-Century Australian and Canadian School Books.

Marcel Will

Sino-American Normalization, the Taiwan Relations Act, and U.S. Preponderance in the Asia-Pacific.

Rebecca Brückmann:

Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood: Women's Activities in the Segregationist Counter-Movement.

Jane Preuß:

Social Work, Stratification Processes and the Fight for Racial Justice in The Association for the Protection of Colored Women.

Elisabeth Engel:

African American (Anti-)colonialism: The African Methodist Episcopal Church and Colonial Africa, 1918-1939.

Javad Asgharirad:

US Public Diplomacy towards Iran since September 11, 2001 (Graduiertenschule Nordamerikastudien, Juni 2012).

Markus Kienscherf:

Holding the Fort versus Holding the Street: Techniques of Social Control and Global (Counter)Insurgencies (2011).

Silke Hackensch:

Constructing Blackness. Chocolate as a Racial Signifier in Historical and Cultural Perspective (2011).

Simone Müller-Pohl:

"The Transatlantic Telegraphs and the Wiring of the World, 1858-1914. Cultural Networks in Maritime Space" (2011).