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Dr. Matthias Voigt

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Full CV

Academic Career









 Part-Time Lecturer in Modern American History

Humboldt University Berlin, Free University Berlin, Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.

Research Trip in South Dakota (Pine Ridge, Rosebud reservations)

Ph.D. in Modern American History, Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.

06/2013 – 07/2016

Ph.D. Fellowship German Research Foundation

Project Title: Marginalized Masculinities and the American Nation: African American and Native American Military Heroism, 1941-2001; supervisor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Simon Wendt, University of Frankfurt a.M.

09/2013 – 02/2014

Visiting Scholar, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

06/2013 – 08/2014

Archival Research & Research Trip

Research trip to archival collections: National Archives and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C; Army Research Center, Carlisle, PA; The Newberry, Chicago, IL; Madison, WI; Historical Society in Minneapolis, MN; Historical Society in Pierre, S.D.; Salt Lake City, UT; Public Library in San Francisco, CA

Extensive Oral Interviews with Indigenous Red Power activists and Indigenous war veterans, about 40 interviews conducted at reservations (Fort Thompson, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Cheyenne River, S.D.; Standing Rock, ND; Crow Agency, Lame Deer, MT)

02/2013 – 05/2013

Visiting Fellow, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.


Visiting Fellow, Center for Southwest Research, Albuquerque, NM





1/2006 – 1/2008

2nd Staatsexamen in English, History and Education

(2 years Teacher’s Training Course)

10/2002 – 08/2004

M.A. in English & History,

University of Heidelberg, Germany

1st Staatsexamen in English, History & Education

(teacher’s degree), University of Heidelberg, Germany

Specialized in Indigenous History

09/2001 – 09/2002

Master of Letters in Modern American History,

University of St.-Andrews, Scotland/U.K.

Specialized in Modern US history: African-Americans, 1960s and 1970s


Undergraduate Studies in English and History

University of Goettingen and University of Heidelberg

10/1996 – 09/1998

Undergraduate Studies in Business Administration

University of Hamburg, Germany





Mentoring History Students at School (Free University Berlin)



Mentoring English Students at School (Humboldt University Berlin)



Frankfurt Certificate: Bilingual Learning and Teaching (Goethe University Frankfurt)



Paedagogics (Heidelberg University)



Work Experience



Teacher in English, History, and Politics

Max-Beckmann Oberschule, Berlin

• Taught High School Students from Classes 7 to 13

• Taught Advanced Courses in English, History, and Politics

02/2008 - 01/2013

Teacher in English, History, and Politics

Max-Planck Secondary School Rüsselsheim

• Taught High School Students from Classes 5 to 13

• Tested Students in the (Written/Oral) Abitur

• Attended Further Training in Teaching 

• Organized Teacher-Parent Meetings, Teacher-Parent Conferences and Class Excursions

02/2006 – 1/2008

Trainee Teacher in English and History,

Max-Planck Secondary School Rüsselsheim

• Attended Seminars in Teacher’s Training

• Taught Classes

• Wrote Thesis for Teacher’s Degree



Further Training in Teaching: Didactics & Methods


• 7 Accredited Academic Training Seminars with the Postgraduate Academy of Goethe University (GRADE)


• 40+ Accredited Seminars for Teachers in Teaching Didactics and Methodology for English, History, and Politics


Winter Semester 2021/22


Self-Constructions and Popular Conceptions of Indigeneity, Matthias Voigt, Tuesdays, 18:00-20:00

This seminar seeks to shed new light on the U.S. military in the 20th and 21st centuries. In so doing, this seminar first describes and analyzes some major historical/political/sociocultural developments of/within the U.S. military in order to provide some context. The seminar explores how the U.S. military has evolved through much of the 20th and 21st century, making it a force of Empire that stretches across the globe. This part covers aspects such as wartime/peacetime buildup, the transition from a conscript to a volunteer army, as well as the different branches of the U.S. military. This part is only meant to provide some general context. More importantly, the seminar utilizes an intersectional approach to better understand the U.S. military as a whole. Intersectionality –the interplay of entities such as race, gender, class, etc.– helps in gaining a broader understanding of U.S. military. By focusing on gender as a category of analysis, the seminar explores changing images of masculinity and femininity as well as mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion (e.g. for women, LGBTQ). In utilizing race as an analytical tool, the seminar describes and examines how/why ethnic minorities (African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans) have been marginalized in the Armed Forces and how/why they have sought to gain entry into the military and American society as a whole. In addition to that, this seminar discusses intersectional connections to other categories of identification (e.g. class, sexuality, among others). Together, this seminar is meant to critically explore the U.S. military. The U.S. military functions as a prism that allows for a more nuanced view of American society as a whole. This seminar is not meant for military buffs or armchair strategists. Rather, it is intended for those who are seriously interested in deconstructing U.S. history and who seek a deeper understanding of the intersectionality of race, gender, etc. that have shaped and continue to shape the U.S. military and, by extension, U.S. society.

Summer Semester 2021

BA Program

Seminar Title: 

Between Cultures – Indigenous Men and Women in the U.S. Military in the 20th and 21st Century

Course Description: 

This seminar intends to shed light on the complex relationship between Indigenous people and the U.S. military in the 20th and 21st century. More specifically, it explores Indigenous motivations for participation in the military. Frequently, Indigenous motives for joining the military were somewhat different from those imagined by Western officers, administrators, and policymakers. While the latter frequently came to see Indigenous participation as proof of Indigenous men to “legitimate” themselves as U.S. citizens, acculturation and assimilation, or the (supposedly) superior American way of life, Indigenous men and women joined for their own motives: to defend “their” people and “their” homeland first and the American nation second; to maintain their cultural identity; as well as numerous other motives. The seminar is divided into three parts:

Part I offers some background information, offering some theoretical foundations in gender studies and war, some background information on Native Americans as an ethnic and cultural minority more generally, as well as cultural representations of Native Americans in the U.S. military.

Part II traces Indigenous participation in the U.S. military during WWI, WWII, Vietnam, and the War on Terror (in Iraq and Afghanistan). This section more deeply explores Indigenous motivations for the military and provides some overview of the experiences of Indigenous men and women during different wars. It also offers two case studies: the code talkers of WWI and WWII, as well as Indigenous women in the military.

Part III explores cultural practices, traditions, and ceremonies as practiced by Indigenous veterans. Together, these cultural practices and traditions offer fresh insights into why Native Americans continue to join the U.S. military and how they maintain their cultural integrity. Cultural practices, traditions, and ceremonies also help many veterans to better cope with war-related stress (or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD). Finally, this part explores the legacy of Indigenous military service by focusing on the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the National Museum of the American (NMAI) on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The seminar touches upon the fields of gender/race, media representations, and ethnohistory, among others.

Previous Experience

Academic Teaching Experience

winter term 2020/21


Native Americans in the 20th Century: A Marginalized Minority Within American Society and CultureGoethe University Frankfurt, Institute for English and American Studies (IEAS)

summer term 2020



Between Colonial Domination and Self-Determination: Indigenous-Settler Colonial Relations in the 20th Century Revisited, Free University Berlin, John-F.-Kennedy Institute, Department of History

winter term 2019/20


Supervising History Students (and Future Teachers) Teaching at School, Humboldt University Berlin, Department of History, Institute of Didactics

summer term 2015

The Red Power Movement, Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute for English and American Studies (IEAS)

Academic Research Interests

  • · 19th and 20th Indigenous History in America (Plains Indian tribes, e.g. the Lakota)

                        20th and 21st Century Indigenous Activism (e.g. Red Power Movement)

                        Indigenous Participation in the U.S. Military

  • · 20th Century U.S. History:

            Social Movements, Ethnic Minorities, U.S. Military

  • · Theoretical Concepts

                        Masculinity Studies

                        (Post)Colonialism/Settler Colonialism

                        Race, Gender, Nationalism

I. Academic Publications in American History




Re-inventing the Warrior: The American Indian Movement and Race, Gender, and Nation in Contemporary Indian Country, Goethe University Frankfurt 2019.          (Manuscript submitted to University of Kansas Press.)



Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)


“Between Powerlessness and Protest: Indigenous Men and Masculinities in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Emergence of the American Indian Movement.” Settler Colonial Studies 2021, 28pp.                                                                                                                                              (forthcoming)


“The Indigenous War Experience (United States)”, in: 1914-1918 online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War (12 pages)




Journal Articles (Under Peer-Review)


“Warriors for a Nation – The American Indian Movement, Indigenous Masculinities, and Nation-building at the Takeover at Wounded Knee, S.D. in 1973.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 30pp.                                                                                                                                                         


“Warrior Women: Indigenous Women in the American Indian Movement and Gender Relations, Sexual Politics, and the Wounded Knee Takeover, 1973.” Gender & History, 31pp.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       




Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)


“Indigenous and non-Indigenous Combat Veterans and the Sweat Lodge (Inipi) Ritual: War-related Trauma, Ceremony, and Transformation,” in: Chiara Manghi, Mareike Spychala, Lina Stempel (eds), War and Trauma in Past and Present: An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Buchverlag, 2019, 103-116.


“Race, Masculinity, and Martial Valor – Native American Veterans from WWI to Vietnam and Beyond”, in: Simon Wendt (ed.): Warring Over Valor: How Race and Gender Shaped American Military Heroism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2018, 79-95.


“’Fighting For Their Freedom At Home’ – Native American Vietnam Veterans in the Red Power Movement, 1969-1973,” in: Ángel Alcalde and Xosé M. Núñez Seixas (eds): War Veterans and the World After 1945, Cold War Politics, Decolonization, Memory, New York et al.: Routledge, 2018, 83-99.

Encyclopedia Articles

17th – 21st  


“American Indian Movement” (p. 1034-1042); “Great Sioux Uprising” (p. 417-419); “Native Americans during the Civil War” (p. 478-482); “Native American Code Talkers” (p. 810-813); ”U.S. Settler Colonialism and Native Urbanization” (p. 1300-1303), in: Russell Lawson (ed.): Race and Ethnicity in America: From Pre-Contact to the Present, 4 Vols. Santa Barbara, CA and Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood 2019.       

15th – 16th

“Treaty of Waitangi” (p. 355-357); “Wedgewood Antislavery Medaillion” (p. 475-478), in: Mark Doyle (ed.): The British Empire, A Historical Encyclopedia, 2 Vols., Santa Barbara, CA and Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood 2018.                 

12th – 14th

 “American Indians” (p. 45-49); “New Zealand (Maori) Wars” (p. 1214-1216); “Warriors” (p. 1847-1850), in: Paul Joseph (general editor): The Sage Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, 4 Vols., Thousand Oakes, CA: Sage Publications 2016.  

6th -11th

“Indian Peace Medals” (p. 32-33); “Pawnee Scouts” (p. 656-658); “Wounded Knee” (p. 676-678); “Henry Kissinger and Realpolitik” (p. 1234-1238); “Paris Peace Accords” (p. 1255-1257); “Red Power” (p.  1262-1263), in: Chris Magoc and David Bernstein (eds): Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia, 4 Vols., Santa Barbara, CA and Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood 2016.

1st – 5th

“Alcatraz” (p. 8-9); “Bozeman Trail” (p. 69-71); “Fort Bowie and Apache Pass” (p. 191-193); “Sand Creek” (p. 461-463); “Washita” (p. 561-563), in: Newton-Matza, Mitchell (ed): Historic Sites and Landmarks That Shaped America, From Acoma Pueblo to Ground Zero, 2 Vols., Santa Barbara, CA and Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood 2016.





Conference Reports

5th German

“Tagungsbericht: War Veterans and the World after 1945: Social Movements, Cold War Politics, and Decolonization,” in: Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift (MGZ) 77/1 (2018), 115-121.

Translated Title: “Conference Report: War Veterans and the World after 1945: Social Movements, Cold War Politics, and Decolonization.”

4th English

“War Veterans and the World after 1945: Social Movements, Cold War Politics, and Decolonization,” in: H-Soz-Kult.

3rd English


“Race, Gender, and Military Heroism in U.S. History from WWI to 9/11,” in: H-Soz-Kult

2nd German


“Tagungsbericht: Race, Gender, and Military Heroism in U.S. History from WWI to 9/11,“ in: Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift (MGZ) vol. 74 issue 1-2 (2015), 214-220.

Translated Title: “Conference Report: Race, Gender, and Military Heroism in U.S. History from WWI to 9/11,“

1st German

“Tagungsbericht: Everyday Heroism in the United States, Germany, and Britain from the 19th to the 21st Century,” in: H-Soz-Kult.

Translated Title: “Conference Report: Everyday Heroism in the United States, Germany, and Britain from the 19th to the 21st Century.”



4th German

„From Apartheid to Rainbow Nation” - Fördert die Beschäftigung mit der Geschichte der Überwindung der Apartheid in Südafrika im Englischunterricht das Verständnis für Menschenrechte und das politische Selbstverständnis der Jugendlichen? 2. Staatsexamen Thesis: Studienseminar Wiesbaden, 2007, 40pp.

Translated Title: “From Apartheid to Rainbow Nation“ – How does the Teaching of the Overcoming of Apartheid in South Africa in the English Language Classroom Promote a Better Understanding of Human Rights and Political Understanding among High School Students?

3rd English

The Return of the Native, American Indian Activism, 1968-1978, M.A. Thesis: University of Heidelberg 2004, 180pp.

2nd English

On the Road to Wounded Knee, The American Indian Movement From 1968-1973, 1st Staatsexamen Thesis: University of Heidelberg, 2003, 100pp.

1st English

’Like a Tornado’, The American Indian Movement from Minneapolis to Wounded Knee, 1968-1973, M.Litt. Thesis: University of St-Andrews, UK, 2002, 30pp.

II. Academic Publications in Education



1st Germ./ Engl.

Englischer Wortschatz Politik und Wirtschaft, Klett: Stuttgart 2015, 488pp.

Translated Title: German-English Dictionary for Politics and Economics


Edited Volume (Peer-Reviewed)

1st Germ./ Eng.

Methodenspicker (Praxis Englisch Extra), Westermann Verlag Braunschweig, September 2015, 87pp.


Edited Journals (Peer-Reviewed)

18th Germ./ Eng.

with Mechthild Hesse: Florida (Praxis Englisch), Feb. issue 1/ 2021), 50p.

17th Germ./ Eng.

with Mechthild Hesse: Anglophone Africa (Praxis Englisch), Aug. issue 4/ 2020), 50p.

16th Germ./ Eng.

with Konrad Schröder: Immigration (Praxis Englisch), Feb. issue 1/ 2020), 50p.

15th Germ./ Eng.

with Christa Lohmann: Money Makes The World Go Around (Praxis Englisch) Dec. issue 6/ 2019), 50p.

14th Germ./ Eng.

with Dieter Horn: Australia: Beyond Kangaroos (Praxis Englisch) Feb. issue 1/ 2019, 50p.

13th Germ./ Eng.

with Konrad Schröder: Metropolises (Praxis Englisch) April issue 2/2018, 50p.

12th Germ./ Eng.

with Günther Sommerschuh: Space and Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia (Praxis Englisch) June issue 3/2017, 50p.

11th Germ./ Eng.

with Sebastian Wagner: Good and Evil – Values, Morals, and Ethics (Praxis Englisch Aug. issue 4/2016), 50p.

10th Germ./ Eng.

with Sebastian Wagner: Working in a Globalized World (Praxis Englisch) June issue 3/2015, 50p.

9th Germ./ Eng.

with Sebastian Wagner: Ireland (Praxis Englisch), April issue 2/2015, 50p.

8th Germ./ Eng.

with Christa Lohmann: Understanding Conflict and Finding Solutions (Praxis Englisch), Oct. issue 5/2014, 50p.

7th Germ./ Eng.

with Sebastian Wagner: Kiwi Nation: Exploring New Zealand (Praxis Englisch), Aug. issue 4/2014, 50p.

6th Germ./ Eng.

Indigenous Peoples (Praxis Englisch), December issue 6/2012, 50p.

5th Germ./ Eng.


with Sebastian Wagner: Welcome to England (Praxis Englisch), June 2/2012, 50p.

4th Germ./ Eng.


with Sebastian Wagner: Nature and Environment (Praxis Englisch), June issue 2/2011, 50p.

3rd Germ./ Eng.

Dreams and Visions (Praxis Englisch), October issue 5/2010, 50p.

2nd Germ./ Eng.


South Africa (Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch), March issue 1/2010, 48p.

1st Germ./ Eng.

The Many Faces of South Africa (Praxis Englisch), Feb. issue 1/2010, 50p.


Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

31st English


“Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day?” in: Praxis Englisch: Immigration (February1/2020), 44-46.

30th English


“Methods in Action – Tables, Graphs, and Charts,” in: Praxis Englisch: Money Makes the World Go Around (December 6/2019), 47-48.

29th German


“Methods in Action: Describing, Analyzing, and Interpreting Maps”, in: Praxis Englisch: Beyond London: Cities in the UK (June 3/2019), 47-49.

28th Germ./Eng.


“ANZAC Day – Identitätsstiftender Moment für Australien und Neuseeland,” in: Praxis Englisch: Australia – Beyond Kangaroos, (February 1/2019), 39-43 & 4 pages (online download).

27th German

“Cartoons im Englischunterricht,” in: Praxis Englisch: Great Britain and the Continent – Splendid Isolation Revisited, December 6/2018, 47-48.

26th German


with Konrad Schröder: “Zum Thema: Metropolen”, in: Praxis Englisch: Metropolises (April 2/2018), 6-8.

25th Germ./Eng.


“Biosphere 2“, in: Praxis Englisch: Space and Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia Space (June issue 3/2017), 16-19.

24th German

“Methodenspicker: Praktische Kurzanleitungen für den Englischunterricht,“ in: Matthias Voigt (ed.) Methodenspicker (Praxis Englisch Extra), Westermann Verlag Braunschweig, September 2015, 5-6.

23rd Germ./ Eng.

“How do you feel about eating Meat? – Discussing Food Ethics in Class,“ in: Praxis Englisch: Animals (August issue 4/2015), 39-43 plus 2 copies on CD.

22nd Germ./ Eng.

“Gestatten: Mickey Mouse,“ in: Praxis Englisch: Animals (August issue 4/2015), 29-33 plus 1 copy on CD.

Translated Title: ”May I introduce Myself: Mickey Mouse.”

21st Germ./ Eng.

with Sebastian Wagner: “An die Arbeit!, Zum Stellenwert der Arbeit im Wandel der Zeit,“ in: Praxis Englisch: The World of Work (June issue 3/2015), 6-8.

20th Germ./ Eng.


with Stephanie Hempel & Sebastian Wagner: “Doing Business”, in: Praxis Englisch: The World of Work (June issue 3/2015), 15-19 (plus 1 copy DVD).

19th Germ./ Eng.

with Sebastian Wagner: “Ireland”, in: Praxis Englisch: Ireland (April issue 2/2015), 6-8.

18th Germ./ Eng.


with Sebastian Wagner: “Always be Kiwi! New Zealand’s national identity and Kiwi culture in a song,” in: Praxis EnglischKiwi Nation, Exploring New Zealand (August, issue 4/2014), 34-38 and 2pp (DVD).

17th Germ./ Eng.

“Maori language preservation,” in: Praxis EnglischKiwi Nation, Exploring New Zealand (August, issue 4/2014), 39-43 and 3pp (DVD).

16th Germ./ Eng.

”Indigenous Peoples - Between ancient traditions and modern lifestyles”, in: Praxis Englisch: Indigenous Peoples (December issue 2012), 4 pp. 

15th Germ./ Eng.


“Towards a new South Africa: The parallel lives of Mandela and deKlerk“, in: Praxis Englisch: Politics (August, issue 4/2012), 39-43 and 2pp (DVD).

14th Germ./ Eng.

“Humor in Signs, A Sign of Humor, Witzige Schilder analysieren und eigene Beispiele entwerfen,” in: Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch (issue 118/June 2012), 23-25.

13th German

with Sebastian Wagner: “England Calling“, in: Praxis Englisch: Welcome to England (June, issue 3/2012), 6-8.

12th Germ./Eng.           

“Being British in Cartoons“, in: Praxis Englisch: Welcome to England (June, issue 3/2012), 34-37 und 5 pp. (DVD).

11th German  

“Cartoons im Unterricht einsetzen“, in: Praxis Englisch: Welcome to England (June, issue 3/2012), 47-48.

10th German              

“Methodenspicker Textarbeit: Die Visualisierung von Textstrukturen mit Graphic Organizers“, in: Praxis Englisch: Nature and Environment - It’s not easy being green! (June 2011, issue), 55-56 und 1 p. (DVD).  

9th German

“Remaking America, The American Dream in President Obama’s Inaugural Speech,” in: Praxis Englisch: Dreams and Visions – What does the future hold for us? (November, issue 6/2010), 41-45 and 4pp.

8th Germ./ Eng.

“The American Dream”, in: Praxis Englisch: Dreams and Visions – What does the future hold for us? (November, issue 6/2010), 41-45.

7th German


“Nam – a hotspot in the Cold War”, in: USA – Vom Kolonistenstaat zur Weltmacht (Praxis Geschichte Extra USA, 130 pp), 72-76.

6th Germ./ Eng.

“Child Labour Past and Present”, in: Praxis Englisch: People, dates, events: What does history mean to us (October, issue 5/2010), 20-24.

5th Germ./ Eng.


“The Trail of Tears”, in: Praxis Englisch: People, Dates, Events: What Does History Mean to Us? (October, issue 5/2010), 32-36.