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Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Klaus Larres

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B.A. University of Virginia, 2019
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021
M.A. Thesis: "Willy Brandt and China: Ostpolitik and West German Relations with Beijing, 1968-1972"

Research Interests

I am a historian of the global Cold War, with a special interest in German foreign policy and international relations in East and Southeast Asia. My master’s thesis investigated the normalization of diplomatic relations between West Germany and the People’s Republic of China as part of Willy Brandt’s Ostpolitik. My dissertation will look at how different Cold War national divisions, for instance the two Germanys and the two Chinas, intertwined internationally.

Recent Public Engagements

  • “Actually Inflammable Socialism: Everyday Life Objects of East Germany.” 13 April 2017 as part of the Panel “Inflammatory Objects: What We Keep and Why” at the Institute of the Humanities and Global Culture, University of Virginia.
  • "Panda Bear-liners: China's Fluffy and Friendly Diplomacy in Cold War Germany." 2 October 2021 as part of the panel "Institutional Approaches to East and West Germany" at the 45th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association.