AB Vassar College, 2012 (History and Italian)
MS Johns Hopkins University, 2014 (Education)
My research focuses on representations of Second World War and the Holocaust in East German, West German, and Italian school textbooks, published between 1949 and 1989. The successor states of Third Reich Germany and the Kingdom of Italy all had to deal with a home-grown fascist past as they attempted to nation-build in the postwar era. I compare how perpetrators, victims, and resisters of the war and its atrocities were presented in these former perpetrator nations’ educational texts and how these portrayals played into nation-building narratives. I also track how these representations and narratives shifted over time as a result of domestic political shifts, transnational events, and the growing prominence of a human rights agenda.
My research has a dual comparative focus. The East-West German comparison allows us to evaluate how disparate political and educational systems evaluated a common past, while the German-Italian comparison raises the question of how the level of racial antisemitism present in a wartime society informed postwar educational narratives.