"As a specialist in modern European history, I'm fascinated with the connection between politics and culture, especially under authoritarian regimes. My work focuses on the transnational impact of the transformation of military culture in the interwar era and compares these developments in Germany and Turkey in the ‘30s. In my teaching, I try to alert the students to the importance of comparative analysis in history without losing touch with specific regional historical experiences."
Years at Knox: 2008 to present
Ph.D., History, 2008, Ohio State University.
M.A., History, 2000, Ohio State University.
B.A., English, 1996, The City College of New York.
19th and 20th century German history, modern European history, modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire/modern Turkey, comparative history, intellectual history, world history, military history.
Full Curriculum Vitae - (DOC)
Bradley Fellowship, Ohio State University, 2010.
Knox College Faculty Summer Research Grant, 2009.
Graduate Research Small Grant, The Ohio State University, 2007.
Presidential Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2006-2007.
Mershon Center Study Abroad Grant, The Ohio State University, 2003.
Andreas Dorpalen Award, The Ohio State University, 2003.
Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship, The Ohio State University, 2002.
Office of International Affairs Graduate Student International Dissertation Research Travel Grant, The Ohio State University, 2002.
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Summer Language Study Grant, 2000.
"Fear and Loathing in Berlin: German Defense Press and the Weimar Crisis, 1929-33." In progress.
"Eastern Fables: German Military Culture and East-Central Europe in the late 1930s." In progress.
Review of The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War, 2009.
"Balkan Nationalisms in the Ottoman Parliament, 1908-09." East European Quarterly 38.4 (2004).
"Enemy in the East: German Military Vision of Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Soviet Union in the late 1930s," German Studies Association Conference, Oakland, 2010.
"Wilhelm and Abdülhamid, Weimar and Atatürk: German-Turkish Relations from Empire to Nation-
State." Moderator, German Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2009.
"Fear and Loathing in Berlin and Ankara: Military Culture in Germany and Turkey in the 1930s." Invited Talk, International Studies Seminar Studies, Illinois State University, September 2009.
"Comparative Civil-Military Relations in Germany and Turkey in the 1930s." German Studies Association Conference, San Diego, California, October 4-7, 2007.
Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in German Studies. Center for German and European Studies (University of Minnesota) and Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Potsdam), Berlin, July-August 2006.
12th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History. German Historical Institute (Washington) and Center for German and European Studies (Georgetown University), Freiburg, April 2006.
Campus & Community Involvement
Diversity Committee, 2009-present.
Faculty Adviser, History Club, 2008-present.
Off-Campus Study Selection Committee, 2010.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $1,750 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.