Candidate for Ph.D., History, Boston College
BA, History and International Affairs, Florida State University
Senior Honors Thesis: “The German Engagement in Finland during World War II, 1942-1944: The End of the Waffenbrüderschaft.”
I study postwar German history, focusing on human rights activism in both East and West Germany, in light of South American political violence in the 1970s–80s. I am interested in the relations of both German states with South American juntas during the era of the breakthrough of grassroots human rights: the interaction between human rights activists (international NGOs, leftist groups, the churches, feminist groups, LGTB movements, trade unions, etc.) demanding asylum for Latin American refugees in West Germany; the dynamics of human rights in an East German society that lacked a substantial civil society; and finally, how did these claims intersect with the wider context of Ostpolitik, the problem of left-wing terrorism in West Germany, dissident movements in East Germany, and questions of Vergangenheitsbewältigung? My project is therefore looking at the intersection between international developments (Human Rights Revolution, South American political violence) and major national changes in West and East German societies.
My teaching interests are broad. I am trained in German history since 1806, Latin American and Caribbean history since 1808, and international history since the nineteenth century (focusing on international diplomacy and the United Nations; international political economy, colonialism and post-colonialism, the history of humanitarianism and human rights; and WWI, WWII, the Cold War and its many surrogate wars in Asia, Africa and Latin America from an international perspective). Moreover I have TA experience in European history courses 1350-Present, and global history 1050 to the present.
“Hitler’s “brother in arms”: The role of Finland and the Finnish Theater of Operations in Barbarossa, 1940-1941.” Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL, April 2011.