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Loyola University Chicago
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Germany, Gender, Cold War, Communism, War, Food and Hunger, Nutrition Policy, Environmental History, Eating Disorders, the Holocaust,
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About Me

Alice Weinreb (PhD, University of Michigan, 2009; M.A., Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 2003; B.A., Columbia University, 1999) is Associate Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses in twentieth-century Europe, the history and politics of food in Europe, the Holocaust, and European environmental history. Her book, Modern Hungers: Food, and Power in Twentieth Century Germany, was published with Oxford University Press in 2017 and  received the 2017 Wiener Library Fraenkel Book Prize in Contemporary History. It brings together the history of state policies, famine and mass violence, and everyday food preparation and consumption, in order to trace the history and legacies of the two World Wars and the Cold War. Weinreb’s articles have appeared in Central European History, German Studies ReviewBulletin of the German Historical Institute, and Zeitschrift für Körpergeschichte, as well as being included in several anthologies. Her second book will examine the postwar rise of anorexia nervosa as an affliction of modernity. Weinreb is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship from the University of Michigan (2008-09), a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (2006-07), the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowship (2006-07), a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (2004-05) and a Rackham Regents Fellowship (2003-04).

Recent Publications

Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth Century Germany. (Oxford University Press: New York: 2017) 

Alles Geschmackssache? Shaping (Gustatory) Tastes in East and West Germany” in Experiencing Postwar Germany: Everyday Life and Cultural Practice in East and West, 1960 – 2000. Erica Carter, Jan Palmowski, Katrin Schreiter (Berghahn Books: New York, 2018)

 “Beans Are Bullets, Potatoes Are Powder: Food as a Weapon during the First World War,” in Environmental Histories of World War I. John McNeil and Richard Tucker eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.)

“Embodying German Suffering: Rethinking Popular Hunger during the Hunger Years,” Zeitschrift für Körpergeschichte-Body Politics 2(4): 2015

“Hot Lunches in the Cold War: The Politics of School Lunches in Divided Germany” in Gender and the Long Postwar: Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys 1945-1989, Karen Hagemann and Sonja Michel eds. (Washington DC: Johns Hopkins Press, 2014.)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Germany, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Family, Food History, Gender, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Human Rights, Race, Women, World War I, World War II