Hello and welcome. I am a historian of modern Europe, with research specialties in the history of childhood, gender, and education. Since August 2017, I have been an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, Morris, teaching modern European and world history; I am also an affiliated faculty member of the Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
I received my Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2015, where my dissertation, Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods in the Age of Revolutions, received the Best Dissertation Award in Arts & Humanities in 2016. On the Twin Cities campus, I also worked as a Graduate Writing Consultant in the Center for Writing.
A note on the website header image you see above: The Fairy Tale Fountain (Märchenbrunnen) in Berlin’s Volkspark Friedrichshain was designed by Ludwig Hoffmann. It opened in 1913, featuring various characters from tales in the Grimms’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen: Hänsel & Gretel, Rotkäppchen (Red Riding Hood), Die sieben Raben (The Seven Ravens), and so on. The fountain shows us how fairy tales were taken for granted as a sentimental symbol of childhood and social instrument by the early twentieth century in Germany, although these stories bore a quite different set of meanings less than a century earlier. This cultural shift is one result of the transformations in childhood and reading during the years around 1800 which I investigate in my research.
Photograph of the Märchenbrunnen im Volkspark Friedrichshain (2009) by Emily Bruce is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.