Current Members

Ganor, Sheer

Sheer Ganor, co-chair

History
Ph.D. student

Sheer's research interests include German-Jewish history in the 20th century, cultural history of West Germany and manifestations of Jewishness in the modern era. More specifically, her work centers on German-Jewish diasporas in the aftermath of WWII and the Holocaust, exploring the axis between private and collective restructuring and rehabilitation.

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Elena Kempf, co-chair

History
Ph.D. student

Elena's work focuses on the laws of war in late nineteenth-century Europe. She is particularly interested in the first international conferences held with the goal of codifying certain rules of military engagement, and the legal theories that undergirded these encounters.
In the past, she has worked on German federalism and dissident art in the GDR.

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Beacock, Ian

Ian Beacock

History (Stanford)
Ph.D. candidate

Ian is an intellectual and cultural historian of modern Europe with a particular focus on Weimar Germany. He is broadly interested in political culture, the history of emotions, and the history of sexuality.

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Bures, Eliah

Eliah Bures

History
Postdoc

Eliah's research focuses on modern German intellectual and
cultural history. He is currently finishing a dissertation at UC
Berkeley on friendship as an idea and experience in 20th-century
Germany.

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Dean, Michael

Michael Dean

History
Visiting Lecturer

Michael's work situates the history of central and eastern Europe during the 19th and early 20th centuries into a global context. He is interested in the relationship between emigration and nation building, particularly how national movements among peoples in multi-national or non-national empires fit into broader narratives about European colonialism and frontier expansion.

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Odonnell, Peggy

Peggy O'Donnell

History
Ph.D. candidate

While searching for a topic in Jewish-German and Nazi history, Peggy figured out what makes her tick: mass graves, specifically the 1943 Nazi-led exhumations in what is today the Ukraine. Her work traces the trajectory of mass grave exhumation as a tool of human rights work. By expanding historical understanding of these exhumations, she aims to highlight the importance of forensics in the wake of mass violence and the political, cultural, social, and historical impact of the uncovered bodies.

Dubois, Maelia

Maelia DuBois

History
Ph.D. student

My research is rooted in the German Imperial Period, with a focus on German imperialism and colonialism beyond the borders of the Reich. I've also conducted research on German-language travel journals of explorers who helped to influence German overseas policies and expansion.

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Stoller, Sarah

Sarah Stoller

History
Ph.D. student

Sarah's work focuses on the history of 20th century Western Europe and Britain in a global context. Her research interests include the history of post-WWII Germany, post-colonial migrations, feminist movements, and the global student unrest of the late 1960s.

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Kettler, Mark

Mark Kettler

History
Ph.D. student

Mark is broadly interested in Roman Catholic politics and culture in late modern Germany. Specifically, his work focuses on how German Catholics, a marginalized community, navigated and balanced the complexities of theology, state loyalty and national identity in the Kaiserreich, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich.

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Julia Wambach

History
Ph.D. candidate

Julia works on the cultural, social and administrative history of military occupations int the 20th century. Her dissertation focuses on the French occupations of Germany after the First and the Second World Wars. She is interested in long-term legacies of the mutual French and German occupations and in learning processes from one occupation to the next.

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Jonathan Lear

History
Ph.D. student

Jonathan’s work explores the comparative history of nuclear power in West Germany and Japan. He is particularly interested in how nationalist narratives reemerged in postwar era debates on energy security and how the discourses of environmentalism and human rights became embedded in nuclear politics.

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