Curriculum Vitae

This CV is current as of October, 2018.
An abridged CV is also available as a PDF.


Assistant Professor of History, Louisiana State University, 2014-present

Lecturer on History and Social Studies, Harvard University, 2010-2014

Classroom Teacher, Teach for America, Houston, Texas, 2002-2004


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2004-2010
M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in Modern European History
Dissertation: “Nationalism on the Margins: Silesians between Germany and Poland, 1848-1945”

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 1998-2002
B.A. with Highest Honors in History, Minor in Art History


Nation and Loyalty in a German-Polish Borderland: Upper Silesia, 1848-1960. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“Instrumental Nationalism and Value-Driven Activism in Upper Silesia.” In: Van Ginderachter and Fox, Ignoring the Nation’s Call: National Indifference and the History of Nationalism in Modern Europe. Under contract at Taylor & Francis.

“Plebiscites and Postwar Legitimacy.” In: Pergher and Payk, Beyond Versailles: Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and the Formation of New Polities after the Great War. Indiana Univ. Press., May 2019

“Polish Nationalism and National Ambiguity in Weimar Upper Silesia.” In Kamusella, et. al. Creating Nationality in Central Europe, 1880-1950: Modernity, Violence and (Be)Longing in Upper Silesia. Taylor & Francis, 2016

“A Jewish ‘Nature Preserve’: League of Nations Minority Protections in Nazi Upper Silesia, 1933-1937.” Central European History 46:1, March 2013.

“Regionalism, Democracy, and National Self-Determination in Central Europe.” Review article for Contemporary European History 21:4, November 2012.

“Nationalism on the Margins.” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 50, Spring 2012.

“New Theories of Nationalism and the History of Opole” in: Bernard Linek, Krzysztof Tarka (eds.), Opole na przestrzeni wieków. Historiografia wobec nowych metod badania dziejów miasta [Opole Through the Centuries. Historiography in light of new research methods in urban studies], Opole 2008.

Selected Book Reviews

Black Vienna: The Radical Right in the Red City, 1918–1938 by Janek Wasserman. Canadian Journal of History, 51:3, November 2016.

Germans to Poles: Communism, Nationalism and Ethnic Cleansing after the Second World War by Hugo Service. German History, 32:2, June 2014.

Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands. German Studies, 37:2, May 2014.

The German Minority in Interwar Poland by Winson Chu. European History Quarterly, 44: 135, January 2014.

“Rewriting Jews into German History.” Review of Jews and Other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity, and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925 by Till van Rahden. H-Net, July 2009.

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

DAAD Faculty Research Travel Grant, 2019
Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2018
LSU Manship Summer Research Grant, 2017
LSU Council on Research Summer Stipend Program, 2015
Central European History Society Research Grant, 2012
Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize (Best Dissertation Nationally in German History), 2011
Harvard Bok Center Certificate for Teaching Excellence, 2011
Gross Dissertation Prize (Best Dissertation in History at Harvard), 2010
Whiting Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2009-10
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2007-08

Selected Conferences and Talks

German Studies Association (GSA) Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2018
“Curtain Crossers: The Leipzig Trade Fair in the 1960s”

Emotions and Everyday Nationhood, Invited Conference, Munich, May 2017
“The Instrumental Nation: German and Polish Loyalties in Upper Silesia”

European Cities and Regions in Transition, Univ. of British Columbia, Okanagan, March 2017
“Glimpses of History in Recovered Upper Silesia”

Tulane University, Invited Talk, New Orleans, November 2016
“Linked Fates: Poles and Jews in a Nazi Borderland”

Beyond Versailles, Invited Workshop, Berlin, Germany, May 2015
“Making and Resisting Borders in Central Europe”

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) World Convention, New York, April 2015
“Beyond Indifference? National Loyalties in ‘Ambiguous’ Central European Borderlands”

German Studies Association (GSA) Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO, September 2014
“What Max Weber Tells Us About the German-Polish Frontier”

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November 2013 Conference, Boston, MA.
“Upper Silesia and the Tensions of German Revisionist Diplomacy”

NYU Kandersteg Seminar, Kandersteg, Switzerland, April 2013
Invited workshop on “Europe on the Brink: 1913”

European University Institute Conference, “From the League of March 2013 Nations to the United Nations,” Florence, Italy
“A Jewish ‘Nature Preserve’: League Minority Protections in Nazi Upper Silesia”

GSA Annual Conference, Milwaukee WI, October 2012
“Making Germans in Postwar Poland: The Case of Upper Silesia”

GSA Annual Conference, Oakland, CA, October 2010
“A Jewish ‘National Park’? Anti-Semitism and Jewish Protections in Nazi Upper Silesia.”

ASN World Convention, New York, April 2009
“Nationalization and Integration in German Upper Silesia, 1921-33.”

Professional Affiliations and Service

Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize Committee Member, 2018
LSU Faculty Senator, 2016-present
American Historical Association, 2006-present
German Studies Association, 2006-present
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2008-present
Steering Committee for the Harvard Center for European Studies, 2008-09


Fluency in German. Reading knowledge of Polish and French. Basic knowledge of Spanish and Czech.