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University of Navarra
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Post-Second World War, Twentieth-Century, Japan, Germany, World History, Transnational History, War and Peace, Occupation, Democracy and Totalitarianism, Ideology, Cultural Identity, Memory
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About Me

Birgit earned her MA in Japanese Studies and History at Leipzig University in Germany, and her Ph.D. in History at Washington State University in the U.S.

Her research focuses on demobilized soldiers of the German and Japanese militaries after their defeat in 1945, addressing questions of Cold-War politics and ideology alongside issues of culture, family, and identity. She has been teaching about European, Asian, and World History, and about cities, war, genocide, and memory.

She worked at the University of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2019 and has been teaching at the University of Navarra in 2020.

Recent Publications

“From Demilitarization to Democratization: Demobilized Soldiers Between the American Occupation and the German and Japanese States, 1945-1955.” Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift 70, no. 2 (2011), 329-362.

“Not Soldiers Anymore, Not Civilians Yet: Demobilized Soldiers Between American Occupation and the Japanese Government, 1945-1955.” The Japan Studies Association Journal 8 (2010), 165-178.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Germany, Japan
Expertise by Geography
Asia, East Asia, Germany, Japan
Expertise by Chronology
7, 8
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Genocide, Military, Politics, World War II