I am currently the DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Politics and German & European Studies at York University in Toronto. The DAAD is the German Academic Exchange Service and promotes mobility of students and scholars to and from Germany.
My research interests include German, European, and comparative politics and history; memory politics in Europe, in settler colonial societies, and transnationally; civic activism, social movements, and democratization; and qualitative and network methodology. My recent book Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2017.
I am highly involved in the field of memory studies, particularly as one of the founding Co-Presidents of the Memory Studies Association (together with Aline Sierp and Jeffrey Olick). I am also a founding Co-Chair of the Research Network on Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe in the Council for European Studies (with Aline Sierp) and currently the Co-Chair of the German Studies Association's Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Network (with Katja Wezel and Ben Nienass).
I currently teach courses on protest movements, revolutions and democracy, comparative politics, European politics, the politics of memory and human rights, and German history, politics and culture.
After receiving my Ph.D. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010, I taught at the School of International Service at American University. From October 2012 to December 2013, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin Program of Advanced German & European Studies at the Free University of Berlin. From January to December 2014, I worked for the Independent Academic Commission at the Federal Ministry of Justice for the Critical Study of the National Socialist Past.
The image above shows a memorial (located in central Berlin) to the protests of 1953 in the German Democratic Republic. It represents much of what I am interested in: controversial commemoration, memorial design, photography, civic engagement and courage, protest and democratization.