Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (Free University Berlin), 2014

Magister Artium
Departments of History, Sociology, and Political Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt-University Berlin) and the University of Leicester (United Kingdom), 2010


Since October 2018: Assistant Professor (W1)
History of North America and Its Transcultural Context
Faculty of History
Ruhr-University Bochum

2017-2018: Assistant Professor
Department of British and North American History, University Kassel

2016-2017: Assistant Professor
Department of North American History, University of Cologne

2015 – 2016: Lecturer
History Department, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American
Studies, Free University Berlin

2014 – 2015: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduate School of North American Studies, Free University Berlin


“Citizens’ Councils, Conservatism and White Supremacy in Louisiana, 1964-1972,” European Journal of American Studies 14, no. 1 (2019), 1-24, open access online.

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Precious.” In The Encyclopedia of
Racism in American Films. Edited by Salvador J. Murguia. 433-437 and
468-472. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018

“’Work Mostly Done By Men’: Cornelia Dabney Tucker and Female
Grassroots Activism in Massive Resistance in Charleston, 1950-1963.” The
South Carolina Historical Magazine Vol. 117, No. 2 (2016): 96-12

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

“Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood,” monograph,
under contract with The University of Georgia Press


Review of Racism and Resistance: How the Black Panthers Challenged
White Supremacy. Franziska Meister. Bielefeld: Transcript, and of Out of
Oakland: Black Panther Internationalism during the Cold War. Sean L.
Malloy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. H-Soz-Kult; 2018

Review of Race & Sex: A History of the Modern Era, edited by Jürgen
Martschukat and Olaf Stieglitz, Neofelis Verlag, 2016. Sehepunkte, Review
Journal for the Historical Sciences 16 (10), 2016

Review of The Jim Crow Routine: Everyday Performances of Race, Civil
Rights, and Segregation in Mississippi. Stephen Berrey. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press. H-Soz-Kult, 2016

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)


“Robert Lewis Dear and the history of abortion opposition in the United
States.“ Feminist Studies (Feministische Studien, Blog), 2015

“From Holly Springs to #BlackLivesMatter: Female Black civil rights
activists in the United States.” Feminist Studies (Feministische Studien,
Blog), 2016


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship to give a paper at the
Southern Historical Association’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, 2017

German Historical Institute, 3-months research fellowship, 2017

Fulbright Commission, American Studies Institute fellowship, 2016

Ph.D. Scholarship, German Research Council through the Graduate School of North American Studies, 2010-2014

Ph.D. Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Council (declined), 2010


“‘Black Pink Wave,’ Rosa Parks, and #BlackLivesMatter,” Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum/James-F.-Byrnes-Institute, Stuttgart, 2019

“White Women and White Supremacy in the 20th Century U.S.,” University of Cologne, lecture series “Racism and Xenophobia in US History,” 2018

„Are We Gon‘ Be Alright? Civil Rights Legacies and Current Challenges”
Workshop for high school students: “Reinventing the American Dream? Young Americans in Times of Change,” Atlantic Academy and Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Wiesbaden, 2018

“Slavery, Racialization, and Black Resistance in the United States, 1619-1865”
Workshop: “Slavery,” Fridtjof-Nansen-Academy for Political Education, Ingelheim, 2018

“’Fine people on both sides?’ The ‘Southern heritage’ debate,” and “Not just Charlottesville: hate speech, hate crimes, and right-wing violence”
Workshop “The Alt-Right,” Fridtjof-Nansen-Academy for Political
Education, Ingelheim, 2018

Panel discussion: “Black Germany, 1880- 1945,” University of Cologne, 2017

“Massive Resistance in South Carolina.” International conference “Cultures of US-American Conservatism,” University of Göttingen, 2017

“The Civil Rights Movement and its Legacy: The Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture.” American Space Leipzig, a cooperation between the Universität Leipzig (University of Leipzig) and the United States General Consulate, Leipzig, 2017

“Southern Belles and White Supremacy: The Desegregation Crisis in Little Rock and the Mothers’ League of Central High School.” Seminar “Race and Racism in American History,” University of Kassel, 2016

“Segregation’s Southern Belles.” International symposium “The Resilience of White Supremacy and Privilege,” Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, 2015


“Empires and Belonging: Racial Codifications and Discourses of “Mixedness” in New Mexico, 1846-1912.” British Association of American Studies, annual meeting, Brighton, United Kingdom, April 25-27, 2019

“’Intelligent Opposition to Forced Race Mixing’: Cornelia Dabney Tucker,
Massive Resistance, and (New) Conservatism in South Carolina. ” The
Southern Historical Association, Dallas, TX, November 9-12, 2017

“‘The Cheerleaders’ and New Orleans’s Desegregation Crisis.” Louisiana
Historical Association, Shreveport, LA, March 16-18, 2017

“Massive Resistance Revisited: New Interpretations of the Segregationist
Counter-Movement.“ British Association of American Studies, annual meeting,
Birmingham, United Kingdom, April 10-13, 2014

“Women activists in Massive Resistance.” The University of California
(UCLA), Center for the Study of Women, “Thinking Gender,” Los
Angeles, CA, February 1, 2013

“Proto-feminist Groups in Massive Resistance?” American Historical
Association, New Orleans, LA, January 3-6, 2013

“’It is time for the Mothers to Take Over’: Women’s Roles in Massive
Resistance.” Louisiana State University, History Graduate Conference,
Baton Rouge, LA, March 23-24, 2012

“’For Our American Form of Government’: South Carolinian Women in
Massive Resistance.” South Carolina Historical Association, Columbia,
SC, March 10, 2012

“Pointing Fingers: German Reactions to the Central High School
Desegregation Crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957.” Black German
Cultural Society, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., August
19-21, 2011


Introduction to British and North American History

The Black Freedom Struggle

Can We Do It? The 20th Century Women’s Movement in the US

Ethnicity, Race, and Racism in US History

Race and Empire: British Colonialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Pirates, Madams, Voodoo Queens: A Gender History of New Orleans

From Blackface to Blaxploitation: African American History and/on Film

Frontier Childhoods: Coming of Age in the 19th Century (Mid-)West and Canada

The Wild West, Manifest Destiny and ‘Americanism’: A Topical Introduction to US History

La Frontera: Borderlands, Migration, and Racialization

The Historian’s Workshop: Historical Method(s)


The German Association for American Studies

The Organization of American Historians

The Southern Historical Association

The Louisiana Historical Association

The Western History Association

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