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Last Name
Ruhr-University Bochum
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Southern history, US South, African American History, Black History, Civil Rights, Black Freedom Struggle, the history of Whiteness and White Supremacy, Race and Ethnicity, Women's and Gender History, Borderlands History
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About Me

I am an assistant professor of North American history in its transcultural connections at Ruhr-University, Germany. My research focus is North American social, cultural, and spatial history, including the history of borderlands and transculturation, Southern history, African American history, the history of race and ethnicity, and gender history.

My first book, “Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood” (University of Georgia Press, January 2021) offers a gender, cultural and social history that examines the intersectional entanglements of white segregationist women’s activism in Massive Resistance during the 1950s and 1960s. It provides a comparative overview and analysis of women’s involvement in Massive Resistance, developing several typologies of female segregationist activists. By doing so, it takes into account factors such as class, age, religion, gender-specific self-conceptions and regional aspects to trace the differential points of emergence, forms of activism, self-understandings and media representations of segregationist women in Arkansas, Louisiana, and South Carolina.

Currently, I am working on my second book which analyzes the entangled history of spatial perceptions and racialized taxonomies and codifications in connection to Western expansion in North American borderlands, tentatively titled “Environment and Embodiment: Spatial and Racial Ambiguities in North American Borderlands.” This project explores processes of creolization, transcultural entanglements, and “(im)passability” in spatial and sociocultual terms. I analyze the history and (self-)representation of the doubled borderlands of people who defined themselves as “mixed race” or were thus classified and their everyday_subversive practices.

Recent Publications

Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood: White Women, Class, and Segregation. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2021.

“Citizens’ Councils, Conservatism, and White Supremacy in Louisiana, 1964-1972,”European Journal of American Studies 14, no. 1 (2019).

“Precious” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” In Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film, edited by Salvador J. Murguia, 433-438 and 468-472. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

““Work . . . Done Mostly by Men”: Cornelia Dabney Tucker and Female Grassroots Activism in Massive Resistance in South Carolina, 1950–1963.” The South Carolina Historical Magazine 117, no. 2 (2016): 96–120.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
North America
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Human Rights, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Women