Trained as a historian of modern Europe and Germany, I'm broadly interested in the relationship between political ideas & action in modern democratic states. My specific research & teaching interests include the history of democracy, queer history and histories of sexuality, transnational histories of knowledge, political theory & intellectual history, & a wide range of issues related to historiography & method. For the 2018–19 academic year, I'm a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia as well as a Sessional Lecturer in UBC's Department of History.
At the heart of my current research lies an unresolved dilemma about the relationship between political feelings & democratic stability. My dissertation project, “Heartbroken: Democratic Emotions & the Unravelling of the Weimar Republic, 1918–1933,” offers a new explanation for the character & collapse of Weimar democracy by focusing on how German intellectuals, activists, & politicians wrestled with the place of emotions in a democratic society. I have also begun preliminary work on a second book project about how gay & lesbian activists in Germany, Britain, France, & the United States sketched the very first transnational queer histories, c. 1870–1940.
My work has been supported by grants & fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center, the German Historical Institute, the Central European History Society, the DAAD, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, The Europe Center at Stanford University, & others.
I also write regularly on books & ideas for general audiences. You can find my essays & reviews in places like The Atlantic, The New Republic, Aeon Magazine, The Point, The Chronicle of Higher Education, & elsewhere.
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