I am the Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Migration at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. where I am researching and editing a book manuscript titled Nation of Exiles: German and Mennonite Mythologies in the Modern Era.
My research focuses on how groups of people fashion collective narratives as nations, religions, and diasporas. My work is published in the peer-reviewed German Studies Review, Indiana Magazine of History, and Journal of Mennonite Studies and the periodicals In These Times and The Mennonite. I also have a forthcoming chapter titled “Comparative Narratives: Russlanddeutsch Migration Stories” in a volume on the Russian-German diaspora that will be published by the German Federal Institute for the Culture and History of Germans in Eastern Europe (Berlin: De Gruyter).
My research and teaching areas include modern Europe and modern Latin America, with an emphasis on refugees, migrants, and transnational networks. My previous academic positions include Visiting Assistant Professor in European History at the University of Iowa (2015-2016); University of Iowa Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Year Fellow (2014-2015); and Research Fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (2012-2013).