I am a transnational historian of modern Germany, modern Europe, and modern Latin America. My research and teaching are guided by the idea that humans live inside stories, large and small, and examining these stories is the key to understanding human activity. Specifically, my work focuses on how groups of people fashion collective narratives as nations, religions, and diasporas.

I have taught several courses at the University of Iowa on European and transatlantic history. My work has been published in the periodical In These Times and the peer-reviewed journal Indiana Magazine of History. From 2012-2013, I was a visiting fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. During the 2014-2015 academic year, I will be a University of Iowa Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Year Fellow.