Associate Professor of History, Eastern Michigan University
Assistant Professor of History, Eastern Michigan University
Research Associate, Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Fellow, Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) Program, Stanford University
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Ph.D., History, 2008
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
M.A., History, 2002
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. (summa cum laude), History, 2000
Elusive Alliance: The German Occupation of Poland in World War I (Harvard University Press, 2015).
Articles and Chapters
“German State-Building in Occupied Poland as an Episode in Postwar Reconstruction, 1915-1918.” In James Retallack and Ute Planert, eds., Decades of Reconstruction: Postwar Societies, State-Building, and International Relations from the Seven Years War to the Cold War, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
“The Colonial U-Turn: Why Poland is not Germany’s India.” In Andrew Demshuk and Tobias Weger, eds., Cultural Landscapes: Transatlantische Perspektiven auf Wirkungen und Auswirkungen deutscher Kultur und Geschichte im östlichen Europa (Munich: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2015): 50-67.
“A Sonderweg through Poland? The Varieties of German Colonialism in Eastern Europe, 1914-1945.” (With Michael Meng and Winson Chu.) German History 31 (September 2013): 318-344. (Awarded the 2013 Article Prize of the German History Society.)
“Nation Building and Bildung: Warsaw University under German Occupation.” First World War Studies 4 (March 2013): 65-79.
“Schools, State-Building, and National Conflict in German-Occupied Poland, 1915-1918.” In Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2011): 113-137.
“Beseler, Hans Hartwig von.” In 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War.
Peter Applebaum, Loyal Sons: Jewish Soldiers in the German Army in the Great War. Reviewed for H-War, October 2015.
Jochen Böhler, Włodzimierz Borodziej, and Joachim von Puttkamer (eds.), Legacies of Violence: Eastern Europe’s First World War. Reviewed for Austrian History Yearbook, March 2015.
Gerhard Wolf, Ideologie und Herrschaftsrationalität: Nationalsozialistische Germanisierungspolitik in Polen. Reviewed for German History, March 2015.
Peter Appelbaum, Loyalty Betrayed: Jewish Chaplains in the First World War. Reviewed for H-War, January 2015.
Christian Hartmann, Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany’s War in the East, 1941-1945. Reviewed for Michigan War Studies Review, May 2014.
Benjamin Ziemann, Contested Commemorations: Republican War Veterans and Weimar Political Culture. Reviewed for Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, February 2014.
Sean McMeekin, The Russian Origins of the First World War. Reviewed for Michigan War Studies Review, July 2012.
Matthias Strohn, The German Army and the Defence of the Reich: Military Doctrine and the Conduct of the Defensive Battle, 1918-1939. Reviewed for Michigan War Studies Review, August 2011.
Alexander V. Prusin, The Lands Between: Conflict in the East European Borderlands, 1870-1992. Reviewed for Nationalities Papers, July 2011.
Leonard V. Smith, The Embattled Self: French Soldiers’ Testimony of the Great War. Reviewed for H-German, August 2010.
Clemens De Landtsheer, Met Onze Jongens aan den Ijzer/Avec nos gars à l’Yser. (Film). Reviewed for H-German, January 2010.
Roger Chickering, The Great War and Urban Life in Germany: Freiburg, 1914-1918.
Reviewed for H-Urban, November 2009.
Alexander Watson, Enduring the Great War: Combat, Morale and Collapse in the German and British Armies, 1914-1918. Reviewed for H-German, May 2009.
Michael Barrett, Operation Albion: The German Conquest of the Baltic Islands.
Reviewed for H-German, March 2009.
Stuart Robson, The First World War, 2nd ed. Reviewed for H-German, May 2008.
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS
“German Occupation Regimes in Poland, 1915-1945.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Atlanta, January 2016.
“National Self-Determination and Political Legitimacy after Versailles: The German-Polish Borderlands, 1919-1939.” Presented at the workshop “Beyond Versailles: Governance, Legitimacy, and the Formation of New Polities after the Great War,” May 2015, Humboldt University of Berlin.
“Manfred von Richthofen and the Cult of the Fighter Ace in Germany.” Presented at a meeting of the Michigan War Studies Group, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 2014.
Co-convener and participant in the seminar “Germany-Poland: Webs of Conflict and Reconciliation,” convened at the meeting of the German Studies Association, Kansas City, Missouri, September 2014.
“Military Occupations during the First World War: The German Army in Poland, 1915-1918.” Presented at the 40th Congress of the International Commission for Military History, Varna, Bulgaria, September 2014.
“The German Occupation of Poland and Central Europe’s Long Great War, 1914-1945.” Presented at the conference “Perspectives on the Great War,” London, England, August 2014.
“Prelude to Occupation: Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy, and the ‘Polish Question’ in Prussia, Russia, and Austria on the Eve of the First World War.” Presented at “Eastern and Central European Empires, Nations, and Societies on the Verge of World War I,” Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, June 2014.
Invited participant in the workshop “Recovering Forgotten History: The Image of East-Central Europe in English-Language Textbooks,” Krakow/Warsaw/Lviv/Vilnius, June 14-28 2014.
“German Occupation and National Movements in Central Europe, 1915-1918.” Presented at the International Military History Conference of the Estonian War Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, April 2014.
“The German Occupation of Poland 1915-1918 and its Legacy.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Kansas City, Missouri, April 2014.
“Competing Nationalisms and Military Occupation in Central Europe, 1915-1918.” Presented at the Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies, Yale University, March 2014.
“Toward a Transnational History of German War Aims in Occupied Poland, 1915-1918.” Presented at the Midwest German History Workshop, Bloomington, Indiana, October 2013.
Invited moderator for the panel “German and Austrian Relations with Eastern Europe: Constructing the Other—Constructing the Self: German-Polish Encounters in the Twentieth Century,” at the meeting of the German Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, October 2013.
“State-Building in German-Occupied Poland, 1915-1918.” Presented at the Seminar “Not so Quiet on the Eastern Front: New Directions in World War I Studies,” convened at the meeting of the German Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, October 2013.
“German State-Building in Occupied Poland as an Episode in Postwar Reconstruction, 1915-1918.” Presented at the conference “Decades of Reconstruction,” University of Toronto, May 2013.
“Polska tak, ale jaka? Local Antagonisms, Political Institutions, and the German Occupation of Lodz, 1915-1918.” Presented at the Midwest Historians of East Central Europe Workshop, Chicago, April 2013.
“The Colonial U-Turn: Why Poland is not Germany’s India.” Presented at the conference “Cultural Landscapes,” Bundesinstitut für Kultur und Geschichte
der Deutschen im östlichen Europa, Oldenburg, Germany, June 2012.
“The German Army in Poland and the ‘German Way of War, 1915-1918.” Presented at a meeting of the Michigan War Studies Group, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, November 4, 2011.
Moderator for the panel “Visualizing a Racial Past: Constructing German and Jewish Racial Origins in Cartography, Photography, and Archaeology” at the Conference of the German Studies Association, September 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.
“The German Occupation of Poland during the Great War and the Continuities of German History.” Presented at the Conference of the German Studies Association, October 2010, Oakland, CA.
“Education and State-Building in German-Occupied Poland during the First World War.” Presented at “Germany’s East, Russia’s West,” a workshop sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University, March 2009.
“Schools, State-Building, and National Conflict in German-Occupied Poland, 1915-1918.” Presented at the Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies, October 2007, Washington, D.C.
“The Pflanzstätte of the Nation: Warsaw University under German Occupation, 1915-1918.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 2006, Philadelphia, PA.
PUBLIC TALKS AND LECTURES
“Never such innocence again: the Great War and Western Culture.” Pre-recital lecture for “The Lads in their Hundreds,” a performance by music faculty member Robert Peavler, Pease Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University, November 2014.
“German Society and the Holocaust.” Talk given at the Dexter District Library, July 2014.
“Knights of the Air: Manfred von Richthofen and the Cult of the Fighter Ace in World War I.” Talk given at the Ypsilanti District Library, February 2011.
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
Conference travel support grant, United States Commission on Military History, Summer 2014
EMU Provost’s Research Support Award, August 2014
EMU Faculty Research Fellowship, Winter 2014
Dean’s Faculty Travel Grant, EMU College of Arts and Sciences (June 2012, August 2014)
James Birdsall Weter Dissertation Completion Grant, Stanford University Department of History, 2007-2008
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Dissertation Research Grant, 2004-2005
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Language Study Grant, Summer 2003
Western Civilization, 1648-World War II
Culture and the Holocaust
Germany since 1815
World War I
World War II
European Military History, 1815-1945
Historical Research and Writing
Recent German History
Twentieth Century Russia
College of Arts and Sciences Representative to the Library Advisory Committee (2011-Present)
Panelist, New Faculty Orientation, August 2011
History Section Personnel and Finance Committee (2015-Present)
History Section Instruction Committee (2011-Present; Chair, Winter-Fall 2013)
Department Representative, Undergraduate Symposium Planning Committee (2011-2014)
History and Philosophy Department Grade Grievance Committee (2011-2012)
German, Polish, French
American Historical Association
German Studies Association
German History Society
Society for Military History
Polish Studies Association
United States Commission on Military History
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies