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University of Augsburg
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History of Transatlantic Relations, African American History, History of Religion, Women's History
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About Me

Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson is Professor of Transatlantic History and Culture at the History Deparment of the University of Augsburg.  She studied at the Universities of Münster and Munich in Germany as well as the University of California at Davis.  Before joining the Augsburg faculty in 2016, Waldschmidt-Nelson served as Deputy Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. for five years, and from 1994 to 2011 she taught American history at the University of Munich. She has been a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at numerous universities in Europe and the United States, is a member of the OAH’s International Commitee and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Modern American History.

Waldschmidt-Nelson’s major research interests are Transatlantic Relations, African American Studies, Gender and Religious History. Among her publications are From Protest to Politics: Schwarze Frauen in der Bürgerrechtsbewegung und im Kongress der Vereinigten Staaten (1998), Europe and America: Cultures in Translation (2006), Christian Science im Lande Luthers: Eine amerikanische Religionsgemeinschaft in Deutschland (2009), Dreams and Nightmares: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and the Struggle for Black Equality in America (2012), The Transatlantic Sixties: Europe and the United States in the Counterculture Decade (2013), Malcolm X: Eine Biographie (2015) and Inventing the Silent Majority: Conservative Mobilization in Western Europe and the United States in the 1960s and 1970s (2017).

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Media Coverage
Country Focus
USA, Germany
Expertise by Geography
Germany, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Emancipation, Politics, Race, Religion, Slavery, Women