Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983
    Abitur, Humboldt-Gymnasium, Düsseldorf (Latin Grammar School)

  • 1984
    Certificat de l'Alliance Française II, École Internationale Videmanette

  • 1988
    Intermediate Exam (B.A.), History, French, Spanish, RWTH Aachen

  • 1990
    Master of Arts, University of Virginia

  • 1995
    Ph.D. History, University of Virginia; "Cultural Transmission and the U.S. Occupation in Germany. The Neue Zeitung, 1945-55."

  • 1995 – 1996
    Postdoctoral fellow, history, Universität Bielefeld

  • 1996 – 1999
    Deputy Director, Center for U.S. Studies, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

  • 1999 – 2000
    John F. Kennedy Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

  • 2000 – 2001
    Visiting Fellow, Workshop "Global America," Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University

  • 2001 – 2002
    Research Fellow, German Research Council, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University

  • 2002 – 2003
    Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Harvard University

  • 2003
    Ph.D. (Habilitation), Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg; "Music and Emotions in German-American Relations since 1850”

  • 2004 – 2008
    Heisenberg-Fellow, German Research Council, Center for North American Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main

  • 2011
    Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha Univ., Kyoto

  • 2009 – 2013
    Full Professor of International History, University of Cologne

  • since 2013
    Chair of the Division of History, John-F.-Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin

Selected publications

  • Transmission Impossible. American Journalism As Cultural Diplomacy in Postwar Germany, 1945-1955. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999.

  • Culture and International History. Ed. with Frank Schumacher. Oxford, New York. Berghahn Books, 2003.

  • Decentering America. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2007.

  • Sound Diplomacy. Music, Emotions, and Politics in Transatlantic Relations since 1850 Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009; kindle edition 2009; paperback 2012. (Chinese version forthcoming, Beijing: Beijing Yanziyue Culture & Art Studio).

  • Emotions in American History. Ed. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.

  • Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy. Ed. w/Mark Donfried. Berghahn Books, 2010.

  • “Protest und Dissens,” in Buchners Kolleg Geschichte – Ausgabe Berlin, ed. Maximilian Lanzinner, Bd 2 (Bamberg: C.C. Buchner 2012), 211-212, and Buchners Kolleg Geschichte -- Ausgabe Brandenburg (Bamberg; C.C. Buchner 2013), 396-397.

  • “The World Is Ready To Listen: Symphony Orchestras and the Global Performance of America,” Diplomatic History. Forum “Musical Diplomacy: Strategies, Agendas, Relationships”. Diplomatic History 36, 1(January 2012): 17-28.

  • “Buy One Get One Free”, Forum on Laura Belmonte’s Selling the American Way. H-Diplo (September 2011).

  • “’¡No, no somos así!’ El despliegue de la cultura americana en Europa durante la Guerra Fría” (“’No, we are not!’ The Deployment of American Culture in Europe during the Cold War.”) InGuerra Fría y Propaganda. Estados Unidos y su cruzada cultural en Europa y América Latina, ed. Antonio Niño and José Antonio Montero. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2012, 41-77.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • “Stage & Performance: Theatricality in International History since 1500.” International conference at the F. U. Berlin, April 2014. Gefördert durch DFG und FU Berlin.

  • “Emotions in International History.” Conference at the University of Melbourne, grant proposal for a conference and an edited volume with Frank Costigliola (University of Connecticut) and Barbara Keys (University of Melbourne), submitted September 2013.

  • “Emotion and Intervention.” Research collaboration with Damcelle Torres-Cortes (University of the Philippines Los Baños), Prof. Heike Krieger, Tilman Pietz (beide F. U. Berlin), Dr. Robert Schütte, Prof. Dr. Claus Kreß, Prof. Dr. Winfried Hinsch (alle Universität zu Köln), pre-application for funding submitted November 2013.

  • “How to Sell the State: Nation Branding, Civil Society and Cultural Diplomacy since the Enlightenment.” Research project, application for funding in process in process. Grant proposal submission planned for January 2015.

  • ”Transnational Networks and Human Rights during and after the Cold War: Transborder interaction in Science and Music in East and West, 1970s-1990s.” Collective grant proposal for a research project with Annette Karpp and Annika Estner (F.U. Berlin). Submission planned for 2014.

  • “Women and Children on the Run: Humanitarian Intervention and the Question of Victims since the Spanish-American War of 1898.” Research article, submission planned for winter 2014.

  • “The United States and the Ottoman Empire before World War I.” Collective grant proposal for a research project. Submission planned for 2015.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Committee Member, German Academic Exchange Service, since 2012

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Organization for Intra-Cultural Development, Kyoto, Japan, since 2011

  • Membership Committee, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, since 2010

  • Advisory Board, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, since 2006

  • Advisory Board, European Journal of American Studies (EAAS), since 2006

  • Prize Committee, Bernath Article Prize, Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), 2004-2006

  • Editorial Board, Diplomatic History, 2001-2003

  • Member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

  • Member of the German Association for American Studies

  • Member of "Deutscher Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen"


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