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Rice University
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Germany, colonialism, race, human rights, gender, labor
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About Me

My current research is on the history of the meanings of wages, with a focus on the era of the Prussian reforms (the early 1800s, during and after the Napoleonic era).  I am interested in the history of money, labor rights as human rights, and the history of the study of wages.

My most recent publication is a volume of essays in the history of human rights co-edited with Jean Quataert, the Routledge History of Human Rights (Routledge, 2020).

I am the author of two well-received scholarly monographs:  The Language of Human Rights in West Germany (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) explores questions such as:  What causes have West Germans considered to be “human rights” causes? And how does a focus on activists’ own domestic settings change our understanding of their international human rights work?  German Women for Empire, 1884-1945 (Duke University Press, 2001) analyzes German women’s participation in Europe’s most intense period of imperial expansion, and especially white German men’s and women’s ideas about racial classification.

Recent Publications

Jean Quataert and Lora Wildenthal, eds., Routledge History of Human Rights (Routledge, 2020).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Germany, Europe
Expertise by Geography
Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
5, 7, 8
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Human Rights, Race, Women