- PhD in Anthropology and History in December 2010, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
My research interests lie in the history of architecture and urban planning in 20th century Central and Eastern Europe. My additional interests include the recent history of ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe and their relation to the politics of citizenship in contemporary Germany. In my book manuscript, I analyze the urban modernization of socialist Romania during the 1950s and 1960s with an eye to understanding the reconfiguration of professional and political alliances in the post-war socialist bloc. I argue that immediately after Stalin’s death in 1953, the government started to pursue a regime of reduced dependence on the USSR in those domains that the Party held to be the most important, such as urban planning. Instead of relying on the Soviet planners, Romanian officials employed architects and engineers trained during the interwar years in order to create a national network of technological expertise. During Fall 2012, I teach a colloquim on approaches to history and memory in 20th century European historiography, and in Spring, a course on the history of science and technology in post-1945 Europe.