I joined the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and the Department of History at New York University in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. After completing my PhD at the University of California at Berkeley, I lectured there with the International and Area Studies Program for a year, teaching courses on contemporary theories of political economy, economic history, and comparative European history.
I'm just now embarking on a new book project tentatively titled German Energy Policy in the Age of Oil and Atoms, 1945–2000. It explores the political economy of energy crises and transition, showing how the struggle to turn energy provision into a public good fundamentally shaped the development of Germany’s economy and democracy after 1945. It seeks to understand how an oil-poor yet highly industrial state managed the transition from coal, to oil, to (possibly) more renewable fuels. The research for this has been supported by a grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
More generally, my research and teaching interests are in 20th century Germany, European unification, European economic history, international political economy, and international relations more broadly. My first book will be appearing with Cambridge University Press this fall (2015), Export Empire: German Soft Power in Southeastern Europe 1890-1945, explores the relationship between imperialism, economic development, and cultural exchange from the standpoint of non-state actors like trade fairs and professional exchange programs. I’ve also published on wartime financial policies and non-state organizations in Central European History, Contemporary European History, German Politics and Society, Eastern European Politics and Society, and in book chapters. I’ve been fortunate to have had support from the US Fulbright Program, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) for my archival research in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Essen, and Koblenz.