I am the Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Migration at the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C. where I am conducting research and editing a book manuscript titled Exiled Among Nations: Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age.
My work focuses on modern Europe and modern Latin America, with an emphasis on refugees, migrants, and transnational networks. In general, my research examines how groups of people fashion collective narratives as nations, religions, and diasporas. I have written articles for the peer-reviewed publications 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 titled Russian Germans in a Comparative Context that will be published by the German Federal Institute for the Culture and History of Germans in Eastern Europe (Berlin: De Gruyter).
From 2014-2017 I am also serving as a research associate for a global oral history project titled “Seven Points on Earth” that investigates the religious and environmental factors affecting seven Mennonite farming communities around the world. This project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the principal investigator is Professor Royden Loewen at the University of Winnipeg. From 2015-2016, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in European History at the University of Iowa where I taught three courses as a teaching affiliate for the German Iowa and the Global Midwest public humanities initiative. Prior to earning my Ph.D. in 2015, I was a University of Iowa Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Year Fellow (2014-2015) and a Research Fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (2012-2013).