Fields of Study: Early Modern Europe, Atlantic World, Cultural/Intellectual, Race and Ethnicity
Office: Zulauf 610
Education: Ph.D., University of Kiel, Germany, 1997
Current Research: I am writing a book on the relationship between Africans and Germans in the 17th and 18th centuries. It investigates the experience of Africans living in the German states, the way they were perceived and how this affected integration. My analysis places the German case in the context of the Atlantic world and the European intellectual debate on race and slavery. I argue against the notion that the German Enlightenment period can be seen as the cradle of racist thinking, I instead propose that this period was a transitional phase, clearly distinct from racist attitudes that developed in the 19th century.
Teaching Interests: My teaching interests include courses on early modern Europe and Western Civilization, as well as overviews on social, cultural, gender, intellectual and religious history with a transatlantic approach.