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City University of New York - Queens College & the Graduate Center
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modern Germany, history of popular culture, history of popular music, youth culture, sex & gender history
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About Me

I’m a historian of modern Germany, with a particular interest in popular music (and pop culture in general), as well as youth culture and the history of sex and gender.  My new book is a history of pop music and entertainment in Hamburg-St. Pauli, entitled A Social History of Early Rock n’ Roll: Hamburg from Burlesque to The Beatles, 1956-69 (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2018).  I also published a book on how political parties sought the votes of newly enfranchised women voters in Weimar Germany: Winning Women’s Votes: Politics and Propaganda in Weimar Germany 1918-1932 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002).  I teach at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, but am based in Philadelphia.

Recent Publications


A Social History of Early Rock’n’Roll in Germany: Hamburg From Burlesque to The Beatles, 1956-69.  London & New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2018.

Winning Women’s Votes: Propaganda and Politics in Weimar Germany. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Articles & Chapters in Edited Volumes:

“The Spaces of Early Rock and Roll in Hamburg.”  In Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalisation, vol. 2.  Edited by Brett Lashua, Stephen Wagg, Karl Spracklen, and M. Selim Yavuz.  New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

“Music Made in Hamburg: How One City’s Music Scene Helped Make Rock and Roll the Lingua Franca of Youth.”  In Dreams of Germany: Music and (Trans)-national Imaginaries in the Modern Era.  Edited by Neil Gregor and Tom Irvine. New York: Berghahn, 2019.

“Sites of Corruption, Sites of Liberation: Hamburg-St. Pauli and the Contested Spaces of Early Rock’n’Roll,” Contemporary European History26:2 (May 2017), 313-37.

“Meeting The Beatles: What Beatlemania Can Tell Us About West Germany in the 1960s,” The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 6:2 (2013), 172-198.

“Musikkultur und Jugendprotest in Hamburg in den 1960er Jahre,” [Music Culture and Youth Protest in 1960s Hamburg] in 19 Tage Hamburg. Ereignisse und Entwicklungen der Stadtgeschichte seit der fünfziger Jahre [19 Days Hamburg: Events and Developments in City History Since the 1950s], 95-109Edited by Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg.  Hamburg: Dölling und Galitz, 2012.

“John Lennon, Autograph Hound: The Fan-Musician Community in Hamburg’s Early Rock & Roll Scene, 1960-65,” special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures: Fan Works and Fan Communities in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.  Edited by Anne Rubenstein and Nancy Reagin. Vol. 6, 2011. 18 ms. pages.

“‘Assembly Line of Joys’: Touring Hamburg’s Red Light District 1950-1966,” Central European History42:1 (March 2009), 65-96.  Also published as «КОНВЕЙЕРРАДОСТЕЙ»: ПРОГУЛКАПОГАМБУРГСКОМУРАЙОНКРАСНЫХФОНАРЕЙ(1949—1966)”inNew Literary Review[Moscow] 117 (2012), 305-40.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Gender, Sexuality, Urban History, Women