|Degrees:||B.A. Hons, M.A. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Carleton)|
Modern Europe; Global Football; Historical Theory and Method
Select Publications and Current Projects
“Writing the German: Why an Ethnographic Attitude Matters to German Studies” co-authored article in progress.
“Football Cultures in Divided Berlin”, Carleton University [current dissertation project]
“Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Main Security Office ) (1939-1945)” in David T. Zabecki (ed.) Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2014)
Dec 3-7, 2014 “The Unlikely Friendship between Hertha BSC and 1. Union Berlin: Soccer Encounters in Divided and Post-Unification Berlin”, 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 18-21, 2014 “Berlin in the Cold War—the Cold War in Berlin”, 38th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Kansas City, Missouri.
March 6-8, 2014 “Dwelling in the Fußballarchiv: Reflections on Researching Football Cultures in Divided Berlin”, 20th Annual Underhill Graduate Student’s Colloquium, Carleton University, Ottawa.
Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014 “Wo ist denn der Eigendorf?!” (Where is your Eigendorf then?!): The (Extra)Ordinary as Subversive in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), The 2014 McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, Montreal.
October 3-6, 2013 “The Challenge of Ethnography in German Studies” (Sponsored by the Alltag Network), 37th Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association, Denver, Colorado.
April 25-28, 2013 “Histories and Memories of Football in Divided Berlin”, 2013 GWU-UCSB-LSE Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
April 20-21, 2012 “Using Football to ‘Entangle’ Cold-War Berlin: Historiographical and Theoretical Concerns”, 2012 American-Canadian German and Modern European History Conference, Rochester.
HIST2511: 20th Century Germany (Carleton University)
HIST2910A: Special Subject in History — “Global Histories of Football / Football as History (Summer 2015)
Description of Research
Seldom is the city of Berlin referred to as a “Fußballstadt”. When Berlin and football are spoken of in the same sentence, memories of corruption, hooliganism, the Stasi, and scandal are evoked. Yet, like many major European cities, football has long played an important part in the everyday life of Berliners. In my current project, I ask what Berlin’s fascinating football history can tell us about the postwar German history. I suggest that football’s unique dynamism can help us view past the powerful image of the Berlin Wall as a symbol for division. Rather, it presented East and West Berliners with unique opportunities for interactions. By turning to these under-appreciated areas of interaction, I hope to uncover how simultaneous processes of entanglements and division characterized the experiences of East and West Berliners.