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 – University of Minnesota 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)


Journal Articles

“‘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.]

Other publications

“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].

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.


Imagine Fund, University of Minnesota, 2018

Faculty Research Enhancement Funds Category I, University of Minnesota–Morris, 2018

Best Dissertation Prize in Arts & Humanities, University of Minnesota, 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

University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2012-2013 [declined]

Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship in European Studies, Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota, 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]

University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowship, 2010-2011 and 2007-2008 [held two years]



  • “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