AB Vassar College, 2012 (History and Italian)
MS Johns Hopkins University, 2014 (Education)
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017 (Modern European History)
MA Thesis: “Tendentious Texts: Holocaust Representations and Nation-Rebuilding in East German, Italian, and West German Schoolbooks, 1949-1989”
In my dissertation, provisionally titled, “Teaching a Dark Chapter: Holocaust and Resistance Representations in East German, West German, and Italian History Textbooks, 1943-2000,” I explore how the post-fascist countries of East Germany, West Germany, and Italy taught about the Second World War and the Holocaust in their educational systems. I particularly explore textbook representations of these events. Postwar textbooks were initially quite reluctant to discuss mass murder, but a discourse eventually developed in all three countries’ textbooks which was largely influenced by postwar nation-rebuilding needs. While West German textbooks and their treatments of the Holocaust have been highly studied, the East German and Italian cases have suffered, thus far, from a paucity of scholarship. Using process-, product-, and reception-oriented methods, this three-country comparative project deals not only with the actual textbook products, but also with the processes by which these textbooks were developed, the educational structures that supported their production, as well as their reception among student and the public. The East-West German comparison permits us to evaluate the role that governmental ideology played in educational reform, while the comparison between both Germanys and Italy allows one to determine how postwar uncertainty over perpetrator status influenced educational policies.