My research interests include Germany, Twentieth-Century Europe, Environmental History, Tourism, and Consumerism. My dissertation, “The Dream of a Therapeutic Regime: Nature Tourism in the German Democratic Republic, 1945-1978,” explores the planning and enjoyment of recreation areas in East Germany and demonstrates how the communist dictatorship won and lost consent through its management of the natural landscape. I currently am revising my dissertation into a book. I am also beginning a new "transnational" project examining environmental conservation and private property rights in Germany and the United States.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005)
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001)
B.A., Carleton College (1997)
HIS 111: Western Civilization since 1715
HIS 348: Europe since 1914
HIS 447: Germany since 1815
HIS 432: World Environmental History
HIS 349: Central Europe, 1789-1914
HIS 460: The Holocaust
“Towards a More Holistic History? Historians and East German Everyday Life,” Social History 35 (3), August 2010: 330-339.
“Camping in East Germany: Making ‘Rough’ Nature More Comfortable,” in Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Bloc, eds. David Crowley and Susan Reid (Northwestern University Press, 2010), 197-216.
“Greifenbach Reservoir: Toward a Popular Environmentalism in the German Democratic Republic?” In a special volume of the German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.) Bulletin, Fall 2006.
“East German Tourist Itineraries: In Search of a Common Destination,” in Turizm: Leisure, Travel, and Nation-Building in Russian, Soviet, and East European History, eds. Anne Gorsuch and Diane Koenker (Cornell University Press, 2006), 266-280.
“The Story of German Settlement in the Forests and on the Prairies of Wisconsin,” in Heike Bungert, Cora Lee Kluge, and Robert C. Ostergren, eds., Wisconsin German Land and Life (Max Kade Institute for German –American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006), 123-144.
History Department Curriculum Committee
History Department Website Development
College Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (Chair)
International Studies Advisory Board
2011, SUNY Cortland Faculty Research Program Grant
2011, SUNY Cortland History Department HD-REDI Award
2008, Summer Fellow, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Center for Research in Contemporary History) in Potsdam, Germany.
2006, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Summer Research Grant
2006, SUNY-Cortland Summer Research Fellowship
2001-2002, Fulbright Grant for Research Abroad