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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Modern Europe, 20th-century Germany, World Wars, Nazism, everyday life, popular religion, medicine (social and cultural), folklore, rumor, memory, death and funerary practices, the supernatural, philosophy of history
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About Me

Monica Black is Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Professor Black’s expertise lies in the cultural history of Germany in the twentieth century, but particularly the era of the World Wars and the two decades immediately after 1945. Her first book, Death in Berlin: From Weimar to Divided Germany (Cambridge, 2010), was awarded the Hans Rosenberg and Fraenkel Prizes. It was published in a Russian translation in 2015. Also in 2015, Black and co-editor Eric Kurlander published Revisiting the “Nazi Occult”: Histories, Realities, Legacies (Camden House). A new monograph, “Evil after Nazism,” is forthcoming. Black has held grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Berlin, and the Davis Center at Princeton University, among others. She serves on the editorial board of German Studies Review. In 2019, she will assume the editorship of the journal Central European History.

Recent Publications

Death in Berlin: From Weimar to Divided Germany (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010; paperback, 2013).

Revisiting the ‘Nazi Occult’: Histories, Realities, Legacies, Monica Black and Eric Kurlander, eds. (Camden House, 2015).

 “The Minister of Ministrations,” Sewanee Review 76:2 (Spring 2018).

“Witchdoctors Drive Sports Cars, Science Takes the Bus: An ‘Anti-Superstition’ Alliance across the Cold War Divide,” in Paul Betts and S.A. Smith, eds., Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War Europe (Routledge, 2016).

“What Was Mass Hysteria? A Faith Healer and Popular Apocalypticism in Postwar Germany,” XXIII Bath House Readings (Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie / New Literary Observer, 2015).

“The Ghosts of War,” in Michael Geyer and Adam Tooze, eds., Cambridge History of World War II, Total War: Economy, Society, Culture at War (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

“The Cure Bringer,” The Berlin Journal (November 2014).

“Expellees Tell Tales: Partisan Blood Drinkers and the Cultural History of Violence after WWII,” History & Memory 25:1 (Spring/Summer 2013): 77-110.

“Miracles in the Shadow of the Economic Miracle: The ‘Supernatural 50s’ in West Germany, Journal of Modern History 84:4 (December 2012): 833-860.

“The Supernatural and the Poetics of History,” The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture 13:3 (fall 2011).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Medicine, Race, Religion, World War II