Publications, comprehensive list

All Publications

Books                                                                                                                                 The Antifascist Classroom: Re-education in Soviet-occupied Germany, 1945-1949 (New York: Palgrave, November 2006; paperback edition June 2011

peer-edited reviews of The Antifascist Classroom:

  • Charles Lansing, no title. German Studies Review, 32:1 Feb 2009, 187-188
  • Peter Barker, “The Antifascist Beginnings of the GDR,” H-German, February 2008, URL: htp://
  • Andrew Donson, no title, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 1:2 2008
  • Alan McDougall, no title, American Historical Review, 113:602–603, April 2008
  • Dolores H. Augustine, no title, German History 26:2 2008
  • Jurgen Herbst, no title, History of Education Quarterly 48:4 Winter 2008, 590-594
  • Jens Gieseke, no title, Central European History 43:2010, August 2010, 558-561

ms. in progress, “Socialist Fairy Tale Film Nation: East German Children’s Films, 1946-1992” (EDC July 2015)

Articles and Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)

“Between Education and Entertainment: The Pedagogy and Didactics of Children’s Films,” in Re-imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Context, eds. Sebastian Heiduschke and Sean Allen (under review).

“‘Films to Give Kids Courage!’: Children’s Films in the German Democratic Republic,” in Noel Brown and Bruce Babington, eds. Family Films in Global Cinema: The World Beyond Disney (London: Tauris, 2015), 155-170.

“Discipline and Educate: Teaching Gender Roles in East German Fairy Tale Films,” special edition, Childhood and Gender in and Time, Genesis [Italy]. Guest Editors Stefania Bernini und Adelisa Malena (XIII/2, 2014), 109-131.

“DEFA Children’s Films: Not Just for Children,” in Marc Silberman and Henning Wrage, eds., DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014), 243-262.

“Using Classroom Recordings in Educational History Research. An East German Civics Lesson” (with May Jehle). Journal of Social Science Education, 12:1 (2014): 118-136.

“Civics Education in the German Democratic Republic: A Case Study in the History of Curriculum and Educational Research,” with Tilman Grammes and Henning Schluß, Journal for Social Science Education 11:2 (2012): 85-105.

“Louise Otto“ (220-223), “Clara Zetkin“ (293-297), “Ellen Key“ (382-384 ), “Sylvia Pankhurst“ (501-503), and “Simone de Beauvoir“ (551-554), in Feminist Writings: From Ancient Times to the Modern World. A Global Sourcebook, ed. Tiffany K. Wayne (New York: Greenwood, 2011).

“Happy Socialist Ever After? East German Children’s Films and the Education of a Fairy Tale Land.” Special Issue, Histories of Learning in the Modern World, ed. Gary McCulloch and Tom Woodin, Oxford Review of Education 36:2 (2010): 233-248.

“Education in the Cold War,” in Encylopedia of the New Cold War History, ed. Ruud Van Djirk. (New York: Routledge, 2008), 281-284.

“Cologne, Germany“ and “Oswald Mathias Ungers,“ in Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Architecture, ed. Chris Hudson (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004).

“Dangerous Liaisons? Film and History,” H-German Forum on the Teaching of the GDR through Film, May 2008,

“Methodological Considerations: Using Student Essays as Historical Sources. The Example of Postwar Germany,” Paedagogica Historica 43:6, 2007: 755-777.

“The Gendered Classroom. Girls’ and Boys’ Experiences in Postwar Germany,” Symposium, Education in Postwar Germany, History of Education Quarterly 45 (2005): 597-603.

“The Antifascist Narrative: Memory Lessons in the Schools of the Soviet Occupation Zone, 1945-1949,” in Children and War: A Historical Anthology, ed. James Marten (New York: New York University Press, 2002), 172-183.

“Restructuring the State in Eastern Europe. Women, Child Care, and Early Education,” (with Marianne N. Bloch), in Educational knowledge: Changing Relationships between the State, Civil Society, and the Educational Community, ed. Thomas S. Popkewitz (SUNY: Albany, 2000), 59-82.

Book Reviews

Review of Giacomo Lichtner, Fascism in Italian Since 1945: The Politics and Aesthetics of Memory (New York: Palgrave, 2013), for Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television(April 2015). DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2015.1030203 –

Review, Stephen Gundle, Mussolini’s Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy (New York: Berghahn, 2013), for Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (August 2014, DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2014.943971 –

Review, Wendy R. Tyndale, Protestants in Communist East Germany: In the Storm of the World (Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010) and Bernd Schaefer, The East German State and the Catholic Church: 1945-1989 (New York: Berghan, 2010) Central European History, [in press, Dec. 2014].

Review, Sebastian Heiduschke, East German Cinema: DEFA and Film History (New York: Palgrave, 2013), for German History (Fall 2014). DOI:

Review, Sean Brennan, The Politics of Religion in Soviet-occupied Germany: The Case of Berlin-Brandenburg 1945-1949 (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2011) Catholic Historical Review, 99:1, 2013: 174-175.

Review, H. Floris Cohen, How Modern Science Came Into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-Century Breakthrough (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010), European History Quarterly 43:3, 2013: 534-535.

Review, Ian Inkster und Angel Calvo, eds. History of Technology, vol. 30: European Technologies in Spanish History. Continuum Press: London, 2011, European History Quarterly 43:1, 2013: 152-153.

Review, Bill Niven and Chloe Paver, eds. Memorialization in Germany since 1945,
(New York: Palgrave, 2010) European History Quarterly 42:4, 2012: 713-715.

Review, Asa Simon Mittman and Peter J. Dendle. The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous. (Ashgate: Burlington, VT, 2012) Choice, Sommer 2012, n.p.

Review, Dirk C. Gibson, Legends, Monsters, or Serial Murderers? The Real Story Behind an Ancient Crime. (New York: Praeger, 2012) for Choice, Frühling 2012, n.p.

Review, John R. Coleman, Between The Queen and The Cabby: Olympe de Gouges’s Rights of Woman. Montreal: Mc-Gill-Queen’s University Press, Choice, Spring 2012, n.p.

Review, Michel Pastoureau, The Bear: History of a Fallen King, trans. George Holoch. (Cambridge: Belknap, Harvard, 2011) Choice, Spring 2012, n.p.

Review, Jay M. Smith. Monsters of the Gévaudin: The Making of a Beast. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Choice, Spring 2012.

Review, Lisa Pine, Education in Nazi Germany (New York: Berg, 2010), European History Quarterly, 48:4, 2012: 718-720.

Review, Die Angst vor dem kindlichen Tyrannen: Eine Geschichte der Erziehung im 20. Jahrhundert (Munich, Deutsche-Verlags-Anstalt, 2010) German History 30:3, 2012: 491-492.

Review, Sara Buttsworth et al., Monsters in the Mirror: Representations of Nazism in Popular Culture (New York: Praeger, 2010), Choice, Spring 2011, n.p.

Review, Roger Moorhouse, Berlin at War  (New York: Basic Books, 2011), Choice, Summer 2011, n.p.

Review, Monica Black. Death in Berlin: From Weimar to Divided Germany (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010), Central European History, 44:2, 2010: 354-355.

Review, Ralph P. Güntzel, Understanding “Old Europe”: An Introduction to the Culture, Politics, and History of France, German, and Austria (Marburg: Tectum, 2010), Choice, Fall 2011, n.p.

Review, Charles Lansing, From Nazism to Communism: German Schoolteachers under Two Dictatorships (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2010) Journal of Modern History 83:3, 2011: 704-706.

Review, Jan Palmowski, Inventing a Socialist Nation: Heimat and the Politics of Everyday Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) Slavic Review, 69:4, 2010: 985-986.

Review, Brian Puaca, Learning for Democracy: Education Reform in West Germany, 1945-1965 (New York: Berghahn, 2009) German History 28:4, 2010: 606-608.

Review, Christian Saehrendt, Kunst als Botschafter einer künstlicher Nation (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2009) American Historical Review 115 (April 2010): 630-631.

Review, Bringing Culture to the Masses: Control, Compromise and Participation in the GDR, Esther von Richthofen, New York: Berghahn, 2008 Central European History 43:02, 2010: 395-397.

Review, Sex, Thugs, and Rock’n’Roll: Teenage Rebels in Cold-War East Germany, Mark Fenemore, Journal of Contemporary History 44:3, 2009: 568-570.

Review, Citizenship and National Identity in Twentieth-Century Germany, eds. Geoff Eley and Jan Palmowski. German History 27:3, 2009: 461-462.

Review: Film, “Getting it on in the Cold War,” DVD review of Do Communists have better Sex? (Other title [German]: Sex im geteilten Deutschland), German with English subtitles. Dir: André Meier. First Run/Icarus Films. 52 Min., Color, 2006. H-German, March 2009,

Review, Sebastian M. Herrmann, Katja Koenen, Zoë Kusmierz, und Leonard Schmieding, eds., Ambivalent Americanizations. Popular and Consumer Culture in Central and Eastern Europe, Heidelberg: Heidelberg Universitätsverlag, 2008, German History 27:4, 2009: 630-632.

Review, “International Modern?” Katherine Pence and Paul Betts, eds. Socialist Modern, H-German, (Jan. 2008),

Review, Kulturinsel und Machstinstrument: Die Akademie der Künste, die Partei und die Staatssicherheit (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht: 2007), Matthias Braun, Journal of Modern History 81:4, 2009: 1010-1011.

Review, Honecker’s Children: Youth and Patriotism in East(ern) Germany, 1979-2002, Anna Saunders, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2007, European History Quarterly, 39:3, 2009: 544-545.

Review, Women in Twentieth-Century Europe, Ann Taylor Allen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), Central European History, 1:3, 2008: 529-531.

Review, “Doing their Bit: Wartime Reading for Girls” H-German review, Else Ury. Nesthäkchen and the World War: A Novel. Translated by Steven Lehrer. New York: iUniverse, 2006, H-German (June 2008),

“Educational Reconstructions,” review for H-German: Jaimey Fisher. Disciplining Germany: Youth, Reeducation, and Reconstruction after the Second World War, H-German (March 2008),

Review, Donna Harsch, Revenge of the Domestic: Women, the Family, and Communism in the German Democratic Republic (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2007) for Slavic Review, 67:2, 2008: 450-451.

Review, “Forever Young,” Mark Roseman, ed. Generations in Conflict: Youth Revolt and Generation Formation in Germany 1770-1968 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003 [1995]), H-German, August 2008,

Review, Sandrine Kott and Emmanuel Droit, eds. Die ostdeutsche Gesellschaft: Eine transnationale Perspektive (Berlin: Christoph Links, 2006). German History, 25:4, 2007: 651.

Review, “One Hundred Years of Dietetics, Gymnastics, Dancing, Walking, Cholera, and Schools, or: From Dietetics and Bodily Autonomy in Nineteenth-Century Germany to (on the final page) the Nazis’ Autocratic Culture of the Body and the Successful Nazi Revolution,” Heikki Lempa, Beyond the Gymnasium: Educating the Middle-Class Bodies in Classical Germany (Plymouth, UK: Lexington, 2007), H-German, (November 2007),

Review: Museum/Exchibit, “There’s a New Museum in Town, The Wende Museum: A Museum and Archive of the Cold War (Los Angeles, CA), H-German (June 2007),

“Struwwelpeter and Shockheaded Peter, or, Shock-headed History: Review of Barbara Chalou, Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror? 160 Years Later, Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2007. H-German (March 2007),

Review, “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: Review of Axel Schild and Detlef Siegfried, eds., Between Between Marx and Coca-Cola: Youth Cultures in Changing European Societies, 1960-1980, New York: Berghahn, 2006. H-German, (Dec. 2006),

“What’s in a name? Review of Mary Fulbrook. The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker.” New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. H-German, (June 2006),

“Review of Alan McDougall, Youth Politics in East Germany: The Free German Youth Movement, 1946-1968,” H-German (Feb. 2006),

“Review of Dorothee Wierling, Geboren im Jahr Eins: Der Jahrgang 1949 in der DDR – Versuch einer Kollektivbiographie” (Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag, 2002) H-German, Februar 2005,

“Review of Werner Schiffauer, Gerd Bauman, Riva Kastoryano and Steven Vertovec, eds. Civil Enculturation: Nation-State, School and Ethnic Difference in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany and France” (New York: Berghahn Books, 2004) H-German, (Dec. 2005),

“Review of John Rodden, Repainting the Little Red Schoolhouse: A History of Eastern German Education, 1945-1995,” H-German, Feb. 2004,


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