Graduate Supervision

I currently supervise a number of MA and PhD students with wide-ranging interests in 20th and 21st century Germany and Europe. I am particularly interested in cultural histories of the body and sexuality, visual culture (including social media and photography), and everyday life. I also have research interests in populism, and the history of authoritarianism generally and would be happy to supervise in this area as well. Outside history, I routinely serve on supervisory committees in law and legal studies, journalism and communication, sociology, women's and gender studies, and in the Institute for European and Russian Studies.

Graduate students in German history at Carleton have been successful in securing Canadian and international fellowships for research and study visits abroad. These include grants from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Center for Contemporary History Potsdam (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam), the Council of European Studies at Columbia University, the German Historical Institute, Washington DC and London, the Canadian Centre for Contemporary German and European Studies, SSHRC, OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Auschwitz Jewish Center in New York, the Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute of European Studies, the Conference Group for Central European History, and the Newton International Fellowship (postdoc).

Two of my former students have published research monographs based on their dissertations. These include Sean Eedy, Four Color Communism: Comic Books and Contested Power in the German Democratic Republic (Berghahn Books, 2021) and Jane Freeland, Feminist Transformations: Domestic Violence in Divided Berlin, 1969–2002 (under contract with the British Academy Monograph series, Oxford University Press).

PhD – Completed

Erin Connell, “Sexual Education and Social Citizenship in Canada” Department of Sociology. Ph.D. committee member, 2008.

Sean Eedy, PhD, “Comic Books and Culture in the German Democratic Republic, 1955-1990: Between Constructions of Power and Childhood.” 2016

Jane Freeland, PhD, “Domestic Violence in East and West Berlin, 1969-89,” 2016 *won university medal for best dissertation across all faculties

Emmanuel Hogg, PhD, “Football Fan Culture in Berlin, 1961-1989,” 2016

Meghan Lundrigan, PhD, “Holocaust Memory and Visuality in the Age of Social Media,” 2019 *nominated for a medal

Christine Whitehouse, PhD, “”You’ll Get Used to It!”: The Internment of Jewish Refugees in Canada, 1940-43.” 2016 *winner of the best dissertation prize for German-Canadian Studies, 2017.

MA – Completed

Ona Bantjes-Rafols, MA, “Queer Geographies of 1970s Barcelona: Mapping the City in Transition Through Image and Oral History” 2022 (SSHRC MA)

Danielle Lyn Carron, MA, “Competitive Pleasure: Sexuality, Media and Belonging in a Reunifying Germany (1989-1995)” 2022 *Senate Medal

Tamara Bukva, MRE, “To Be Just a Pair of Eyes: Subversive Femininities in the Art of Jeanne Mammen,” 2021.

Brittany Long, MA, “Female Concentration Camp Perpetrators in Uckermarck Camp,” 2021 (SSHRC MA)

Meagan Breault, MA, “A Family’s Role: "Kindereuthanasie" and Familial Emotions Under National Socialism” 2020 *Senate Medal (SSHRC MA)

Sabrina Schoch, MA Public History, “Queer Commemorative Silences: Public Memory and Lesbian Persecution Politics “ 2020.

Tom Sloss, MA, “Danger, Deviance, and Desire in Apartheid South Africa,” 2019 (co-supervised with Danielle Kinsey)

Alex Cruddas-Wilkinson, MA, “The Future in Stone: Architecture as Expression of National Socialist Temporality” 2016

Ottilie Grisdale, MA EURUS “Artistic Opposition to the Decline of Multiculturalism in the Netherlands,” 2015

Karin Abma, MA EURUS, “Women in the GDR: Consumerism and the Political, 1953-70” 2014

Christine Chisholm, MA, “Advertising, Family Policy, and Women’s ‘Return to Normalcy’ During the Adenauer Years,“ 2013 (SSHRC MA)

Meghan Lundrigan, MA Public History, “Holocaust Denial in the Social Mediascape,” 2013.

Erica Fagen, MA Public History, “Staging the Holocaust: Sachsenhausen, Thanatourism, and Public Memory,” 2012.

Christine Whitehouse, MA, “Stolpersteine: Moral Restitution after the Holocaust” 2011 (SSHRC MA)

Natalie Spagnuolo, MA, “Sexuality and Alternative Discourses in Jewish Prague. A Feminist Reading of the Works of Franz Werfel,” 2011 (SSHRC MA)

Sean Eedy, MA, “Narrating the Berlin Wall: Nostalgia and the Negotiation of Memory 20 Years Later,” 2011.

Jane Freeland, MA EURUS, “Saying ‘I’: Women, Desire and Their Depiction in East Germany” 2010.

Jan-Mark van der Leest, MA EURUS, “Space and Identity in post-1989 Berlin,” 2008

Mandy Koroniak, MA Public History, “Imagery and Identity: Film and National Identity in the German Democratic Republic and Canada in the 1960s,” 2007

Maggie Lecroix, MA EURUS, “Child Care Policy in Post 1989 Germany” 2005


Noë Bourdeau, PhD, coursework

Michaela Bax-Leaney, MRE, research and writing

Declan Da Barp, MA EURUS, coursework

Jenna Hebert, MRE EURUS, research and writing

Merle Ingenfeld, PhD Cotutelle with the University of Bonn, writing

Alan Jones, PhD, research and writing

Nicholas Surges, MA, research and writing

Shannon Wong, MA, research and writing