Curriculum Vitae

My complete CV may be downloaded here. This page presents some highlights:


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Department of History (July 2015)

Dissertation: Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods in the Age of Revolutions, supervised by Mary Jo Maynes.

[Winner – UMN Best Dissertation Prize in Arts & Humanities]

[Honorable Mention – Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Prize, History of Education Society]

B.A., Williams College (with honors in History, 2007)


N.B. Open access versions of some publications have been deposited in the UMN Morris Digital Well.


Revolutions at Home: The Origin of Modern Childhood and the German Middle Class (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2021).

Journal Articles

“Playing on the Map: An Educational Game from the Age of Revolutions,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 13, no. 1 (Winter 2020): 9–17. [written with then UMN Morris undergraduate Elise Klarenbeek] [This article may be accessed here.]

“‘Our Girls Have Grown Up in the Family’: Educating European and Chinese Girls in the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Modern Chinese History 10, no. 1 (2016): 1–18.  [with Qin Fang] [This article may be accessed here.]

“Reading German Girlhood: Louise Tilly and the Agency of Girls in European History,” Social Science History 38, no. 1 (2014). [This article may be accessed here.]

“‘Each word shows how you love me’: The social literacy practice of children’s letter writing (1780-1860),” Paedagogica Historica 50, no. 3 (2013). [This article may be accessed here.]

“Teaching World History as Family History; China as a Case in Point,” The Middle Ground Journal 7 (Fall 2013) [with Yueqin Chen, Qin Fang, Mary Jo Maynes, and Ann Waltner]. [This article may be accessed here.]

Book Chapters

“Christian Felix Weiße’s influence in anglophone children’s literature of the Enlightenment,” in Christian Felix Weißes Werk im europäischen Kontext. Kinder- und Jugendliteratur, Kulturtransfer und populäre Aufklärung, ed. Tom Zille, Sebastian Schmideler, and François Genton (Heidelberg: J. B. Metzler, forthcoming).

“Encountering Emotions in the Archive of Childhood and Youth,” in Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents: Innovative Approaches to Research across Space and Time, ed. Deborah Levinson, Mary Jo Maynes, and Frances Vavrus (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

“The Education of European and Chinese Girls at Home in the Nineteenth Century,” in A History of the Girl, ed. Mary O’Dowd and June Purvis (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) [with Qin Fang].


With Stephanie Olsen, Beatrice Scutaru, and Lauren Stokes, “Diverse Perspectives on Children’s Agency in Migration,” Denken ohne Geländer: Der Blog des Hannah-Arendt-Instituts für Totalitarismusforschung e.V. (January 2022).

Review of Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1770–1914, by Jeffrey T. Zalar, Church History 89, no. 1 (2020): 215–17.

Review of Girls’ Secondary Education in the Western World, edited by James C. Albisetti, Joyce Goodman, and Rebecca Rogers, Journal of the History of Children and Youth 5, no. 1 (Winter 2012).

Introductions for primary source documents in the online collection German History in Documents and Images: Weimar Republic (1918/19-1933), edited by Eric Weitz and Eric Roubinek.


Institute for Advanced Study Research and Creative Collaborative for “Collecting Oral Histories of West Central Minnesota, UMN, 2022–23 (with co-convener Naomi Skulan)

Imagine Fund, UMN, 2021, 2019, 2018

Faculty Research Enhancement Funds Category II, UMN Morris, 2020 and 2x in 2021

Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, UMN, 2019–21

Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World Research Workshop Award, 2019–20

Global Programs and Strategy Alliance International Travel Grant, UMN, 2019

Faculty Research Enhancement Funds Category I, UMN Morris, 2018

Best Dissertation Prize in Arts & Humanities, UMN, 2016

Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Prize Honorable Mention, History of Education Society, 2016

Fass-Sandin Article Prize Honorable Mention, Society for the History of Children and Youth, 2015

National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2012-2013

UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2012-2013 [declined]

Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship in European Studies, Center for German and European Studies at  UMN, 2012 [to support summer research]

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant, 2011-2012 [10-month fellowship]

Fulbright Study/Research Grant, 2011-2012 [declined]

Conference Group for Central European History Travel Grant, 2011

Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grant, 2011 [to support research at the Cotsen Children’s Library]

Center for Austrian Studies Summer Research Fellowship, 2011 [declined]

UMN Graduate School Fellowship, 2010-2011 and 2007-2008 [held two years]



  • Book Session: “Emily Bruce’s Revolutions at Home: The Origin of Modern Childhood and the German Middle Class,” Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 2022.
  • “Finding the Path Together: Sibling Support in French Canadian and German Migration to the United States, 1840–1930,” Sibling Splits & Ties: Politics, Connections, Representations, Society for the History of Childhood and Youth in Galway (remotely), June 2021.
  • “Self-Formation and Self-Surveillance in Six Nineteenth-Century German Youth Diaries,” Se soustraire à l’empire des grands. Enfance, jeunesse et agentivité (1500–1830) in Lausanne (remotely), November 2020.
  • “Siblings Abroad: Young German Migrants in the Nineteenth Century,” Society for the History of Childhood and Youth in Sydney, June 2019
  • “Invent(ory)ing the Nation: Women’s Dress and the Politics of German Identity, 1750-1850,” Women in Civil Society during the Sattlelzeit, German Studies Association in Pittsburgh, November 2018
  • Roundtable: “Representing Selfhood: Interrogating Sources in the History of Childhood and Youth,” Social Science History Association in Montreal, November 2017
  • “A Revolution in Childhood: Reading, Writing, and Agency in German Families,” Becoming Political Subjects in the Age of Revolutions, Society for the History of Children and Youth in Camden, June 2017
  • “‘Little Julie has been shot’: Form and Function in Youth Periodicals of the German Enlightenment,” Beyond British Children’s Literature: American, French and German Texts, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Minneapolis, April 2017
  • “Class Formation, Self Formation: Social Boundaries in Nineteenth-Century German Girls’ Diaries,” Girlhood across Texts and Contexts, Social Science History Association in Chicago, November 2016 [coordinated]
  • “Markets, Class Cultures, and Girls’ Self-Fashioning in Southwestern Germany, 1750-1850” (with Mary Jo Maynes & Eric Roubinek), Dressing Global Bodies in Edmonton, July 2016
  • Book Session: “Anna Kuxhausen’s From the Womb to the Body Politic: Raising the Nation in Enlightenment Russia,” Social Science History Association in Baltimore, November 2015 [coordinated]
  • “‘Our Girls Have Grown Up in the Family’: Educating European and Chinese Girls in the Nineteenth Century” (with Qin Fang), International Committee of Historical Sciences, XXIInd Congress in Jinan, August 2015
  • “‘Never Stew Your Sister’: Siblinghood in Children’s Literature and Family Papers, 1780-1860,” Representations of Family in Historical Perspectives and Across Media, Social Science History Association in Toronto, November 2014 [coordinated]
  • Roundtable: “Household Textile Production and Gender and Generational Dynamics in Europe and China in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Comparing across Diverse Regimes and Their Records,” Social Science History Association in Chicago, November 2013
  • Poster Session Presentation, “Promising Scholarship in Education: Dissertation Fellows and Their Research,” American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, April 2013
  • “Literacy on the Market: German Children and Their Books, 1770-1850,” Child and Youth Consumers, Social Science History Association in Vancouver, November 2012 [coordinated]
  • “Sentimental Reading of Children’s Books,” Moving Sentiment(s) I: Sentiments Across Media, German Studies Association in Milwaukee, October 2012
  • Roundtable: “Problems of Sources and Methods in the History of Childhood,” Social Science History Association in Boston, November 2011 [coordinated]
  • Roundtable: “Teaching World History as Family History, China as a Case in Point,” World History Association Conference in Beijing, July 2011
  • “Heroic Women in Historical Narratives for Children: German Periodicals and Textbooks, 1770-1850,” Representations of History for Children and Youth, Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference in New York, June 2011 [coordinated]
  • “The Geographic Education of German Children: Schoolbooks and Reading Practices in the Late Enlightenment,” Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History, German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., May 2011
  • “Reading the World: German Girls’ Global Education around 1800,” Girls, Education, and Rights, Social Science History Association in Chicago, November 2010 [coordinated]
  • “The Intergenerational Legacies of Louise Tilly’s Work,” special session panel member, Social Science History Association Meeting in Long Beach, November 2009


  • Roundtable: “How Can the Writing Center Best Support Graduate Writers?” East Central Writing Centers Association in South Bend, April 2015
  • Roundtable: “Dissertation Writing: From Impossible to Invaluable,” Central States Anthropological Society in St. Paul, April 2015
  • “From the Outside In: Disciplinary Approaches to Writing Center Research” (with Kristen Nichols Besel), International Writing Centers Association Collaborative in Tampa, March 2015