At Stanford Since
Edith Sheffer joined the History Department faculty in 2010, having come to Stanford as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities in 2008. Her recent book, Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain, challenges the conventional history of the Iron Curtain. It suggests that the physical barrier between East and West Germany was not simply imposed by Cold War superpowers, but was an outgrowth of anxious postwar society on both sides. Her current project, Inventing Autism under Nazism: The Surveillance of Emotion and Child Euthanasia in the Third Reich, also examines the global consequences of everyday actions. This work investigates Hans Asperger’s creation of the autism diagnosis in Vienna from 1938 through the Second World War and situates it within the context of Nazi efforts to define the national community and the murder of disabled children. A related project through Stanford's Spatial History Lab, "Forming Selves: The Creation of Child Psychiatry from Red Vienna to the Third Reich and Abroad," maps the transnational development of child psychiatry as a discipline, tracing linkages among its pioneers in Vienna in the 1930s through their emigration from the Third Reich and establishment of different practices in the 1940s in England and the United States.
- Everyday Life: How History Happens
- The Problem of Europe
- Germany & the World Wars, 1870-1990
- Cold War Europe
- Sexual Encounters: The Middle East and Europe, with Alan Mikhail
- Self-policing, Denunciation, and Surveillance in Modern Europe
- Emotion, Power, and the Making of Modern Europe, with Ian Beacock
- Economic Miracles? Crisis and Recovery in Modern Europe, with Benjamin Hein
- Histories of Germany
Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain, Oxford University Press, August 2011.
Winner of the Paul Birdsall Prize from the American Historical Association
Winner of the Fraenkel in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library, London
Winner of the Keller-Sierra Prize from the Western Association of Women’s Historians
- “On Edge: Building the Border in East and West Germany,” Central European History, June 2007.
- "Opinion: Surprising lessons from the Berlin Wall, 50 years later, for the U.S. and Middle East", Mercury News, August 13, 2011.
- “Creating Lives in the Classroom,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. November 22, 2009.
- “Coherence with Conceptual Maps,” Teaching & Resource Center, University of California, Berkeley, March 2003.
Selected Fellowships and Awards
- William H. and Frances Green Faculty Fellow, Stanford University, 2012-2013
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, Stanford University, 2008-2010
- Department of History Dissertation Fellowship, 2006-2007
- Department of History Rosenberg and Ehrman Fellowships, 2003-2006
- John L. Simpson Memorial Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies, 2004-2005
- Institute of European Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005
- Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-2004
- German Chancellor Scholarship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2002-2003
- Institute of European Studies Research Grant, 2001
- Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2001
- Humanities Research Grant, 2001
- Institute of European Studies Fellowship, 2000-2002
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1999-2000
- Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1999-2004 (declined)
- Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship, Harvard University, 1996-1997
- Stanford University H&S Dean's Award, 2013
- Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, second place, 2009
- Teaching Effectiveness Award, UC Berkeley, 2002
- Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley, 2002
- Ruth Starkman, "Professors for the 21st Century: Team-Teaching Toward the PhD at Stanford,"Huffington Post, April 24, 2013.
- History News Network, "Exploring 'The Wall in the Head," by Robin Lindley, November 14, 2011
- Palo Alto Weekly, "Behind the Curtain," by Gennady Scheyner, September 16, 2011, p. 15
- New Books Network, Discussion with Historians about their New Books, October 14, 2011
- Featured Research: The Wall of the Mind The Human Experience, August, 2011
- Keli Amann, “Germany, World Wars, & the Wiki: How Edith Sheffer and her Students Got a New Perspective on History.” Teaching with Coursework, Stanford University, February 2009.
- Television and radio feature, “Denkwürdiges Spiel zwischen Sonneberg und Neustadt.” Thüringen Journal, MDR-Fernsehen, August 1, 2009; MDR-1 and MDR-Figaro, July 31, 2009.
- Television interviews for the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, Nec-TV: “Studiotalk: Edith Sheffer,” November 9, 2009; “Stadtgespräch zu 20 Jahren Grenzöffnung,” November 12, 2009.