James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor; Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense
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MA University of Hamburg, 1980
Dr. Phil. University of Hamburg, 1989
Habil. Technical University of Berlin, 2000

Research Interests

Karen Hagemann teaches Modern German and European history, Military history and Women’s and Gender history from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century. Her past research includes studies in the fields of welfare state, social and population policy, labor history, family history and the history of everyday lives, as well as the history of the women’s movement. Newer studies are focusing on the history of the military, war and gender, the history of nations and nationalism, the history of masculinity and citizenship, gender and civil society as well as the gendered construction of collective memories. Her new monograph Revisiting Prussia’s Wars against Napoleon: History, Culture, and Memory was published with Cambridge University Press in 2015 and won the Hans Rosenberg Prize for the best book in Central European History in 2016 by the Central European History Society.
Dr. Karen Hagemann is also the project Director of the GWonline(Bibliography, Filmography and Webography Gender, War and The Western World Since 1600). The link is below.

Some Notable Publications

  • War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions, ed. with Alan Forrest and Michael Rowe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
  • Revisiting Prussia’s Wars against Napoleon: History, Culture, and Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • Halbtags oder Ganztags: Zeitpolitiken von Kinderbetreuung und Schule nach 1945 im europäischen Vergleich, ed. with Konrad H. Jarausch, (Beltz-Juventa, 2015)
  • Gender and the Long Postwar: Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys, 1945–1989, ed. with Sonya Michel (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 072-001 – First Year Seminar: Women’s Voices: 20th Century European History in the Female Memory
  • HIST/EURO 252—Politics, Society and Culture in Modern Germany (1871–1945)
  • HIST/WMST 259—Towards Emancipation? Women in Modern Europe
  • HIST/PWAD 354—War and Gender in Movies
  • HIST/WMST 391—(Undergraduate Seminar in History): Rethinking Modern Germany: Politics, Society and Gender, 19th-20th C.
  • HIST/WMST 500—(Joint Graduate/Undergraduate Course): Gender, Race and Nation in Europe and Beyond, 18th-20th C.
  • HIST/WMST 501—(Joint Graduate/Undergraduate Course): The Gender of Welfare – Comparative Perspectives, 19th–20th C.
  • HIST/PWAD/WMST 517—(Joint Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar) Gender, Military, and War in Comparative Perspective
  • HIST 712—(Graduate Seminar): Modern European History Colloquium
  • HIST/WMST 725—(Graduate Seminar): Comparative/Global Gender History: Gender History and the History of Masculinity in Comparative Perspective
  • HIST/WMST 730—(Graduate Seminar) Feminist and Gender Theory for Historians
  • HIST 742—(Graduate Seminar) History and Memory: An Introduction into Theory, Methodology, and Research
  • HIST/WMST 770—(Graduate Seminar) Readings in European Women’s and Gender History