Cleveland State University Positions

  • Professor of History & Women’s and Gender Studies 2024-present
  • Director of Social Studies 2011-present
  • Associate Professor of History      2017-2024
  • Assistant Professor of History     2011-2017


PhD, Modern German History      2010
Dissertation: “Transnational Identities in National Politics: The SPD and the German Peace Movements, 1921-1966” (Distinguished Dissertation in Social Sciences)
Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York

M.A., Modern European History      2005
Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York

B.A., History/Secondary Education, Summa Cum Laude, Honors       2003
Massachusetts State Teaching Certification in History
Western New England University, Springfield, Massachusetts



Gender in Germany and Beyond: The Legacy of Jean Quataert. Coedited with Jennifer V. Evans. Berghahn Books, 2023.

Refereed Articles & Chapters

“Open Pedagogy Assignments in Theatre and History Courses to Promote Constructionist Learning and Digital Skills.” in Pedagogy Opened: Innovative Theory and Practice. Coauthored with Heather Caprette and Lisa Bernd. (March 2024)

“Between Structure & Collective Care: A Humanizing Approach to Resource Curation.” In Literacies in the Platform Society: Histories, Pedagogies, Possibilities. Edited by T. Philip Nichols and Antero Garcia. Coauthored with Molly Buckley-Marudas and Calida O’Brien (Forthcoming)

“Reluctant Activists: Human Rights, Cleveland’s Catholic Left, and El Salvador.” In Gender in Germany and Beyond: The Legacy of Jean Quataert. Edited by Jennifer V. Evans and Shelley E. Rose. 2023.

“Contextualizing Cold War-Era Cleveland: Using Oral History Repositories to Engage High School and University Students.” In World History Connected Guest Forum, edited by Tiffany Trimmer and Julie Weiskopf. (October 2022) Coauthored with Naomi A. Randt.

Connecting Vocabularies: The Cleveland Teaching Collaborative and A Humanizing Approach to Resource Curation,” Italian Journal of Educational Technology 30:1 (2022): 49-64. Coauthored with Molly Buckley-Marudas.

“Collaboration, Risk, and Pedagogies of Care: Looking to a Postpandemic Future” The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy 19 (May 2021). Coauthored with Molly Buckley-Marudas.

“Leading through a Pandemic: Lessons Learned from the Cleveland Teaching Collaborative,” English Leadership Quarterly,43:2 (October 2020): 5-8.Coauthored with Molly Buckley-Marudas.

“Women’s History and Digital Media: Uniting Scholarship and Pedagogy.” Inaugural Digital Media Review Essay, Journal of Women’s History. 30, no. 3 (Fall 2018): 157-169.

“German and American Transnational Spaces in Women’s and Gender History.” Review Essay, Journal of Women’s History 30, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 163-169.

“Bertha von Suttner’s Die Waffen nieder! and the Gender of German Pacifism,” In Women Writing War: From German Colonialism through World War I, edited by Katharina von Hammerstein, Julie Shoults, and Barbara Kosta. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2018.

“The Changing Landscape of Peace Research: Geographic, Archival, and Digital Spaces,” Peace & Change 42:2 (April 2017): 277-290.

“Place and Politics at the Frankfurt Paulskirche after 1945,” Journal of Urban History 42, no. 1 (January 2016): 145-161.

“The Penumbra of Weimar Political Culture: Pacifism, Feminism, and Social Democracy,” Peace & Change 36, no. 3 (July 2011): 313-343.

Invited Articles & Essays

Leask, Phil. Friendship without Borders: Women’s Stories of Power, Politics, and Everyday Life across East and West Germany. Central European History (Fall 2021).

Diefendorf, Jeffry M. and Janet Ward, eds. Transnationalism and the German City. H-German, (September 2016).

“Kooperative Aktivistinnen, Gender und Frieden,” Spurensicherung: Feminismus in Aktion und Dokument (Fall 2013): 37-44.

Open Textbooks/Educational Resources

Ancient World History, co-edited with Meshack Owino and Kelly Wrenhaven, 2019-2020.

Geography for Social Studies Educators (formerly Google Earth Virtual Workbook), 2013-2024.

Global Interconnections, 2019-2024.

The Right to Vote: The 15th & 19th Amendments, co-edited with Stephanie Hinnershitz and Robert Shelton, 2019-2020.

Digital Projects

Project Director, Women’s Peace Camps: A Transnational Network, 1981-2000. (2023-present) Ongoing Scalar research and teaching project.

Co-PI, Cleveland Teaching Collaborative, (2020-present) Winner of 2022 Divergent Award in Implementation of Literacy in a Digital Age.

Co-PI & Web Designer, Cleveland Teaching Collaborative, (2020-present)

Project Director, Gender Studies Resources. (2019-present)

Steering Committee, Protest Spaces Research Network. Committee members: Tamar Carroll, Martin Klimke, Tom Scheinfeldt & Graham Stinnett (2018-2020)

Author, Digital Scholarship Evaluation, (2018-present). Directed by Anke Finger.

Founding Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Digital Humanities Network, German Studies Association. Co-coordinators: Anke Finger and Kurt Fendt. (2017-2019)

Founding Convener, DigitalCSU, Cleveland State University. (2016-2018)

Project Director, “Protest Spaces: Peace Movements in Germany and the United States, 1920-2000.” (2014-present)

Director/Co-PI with J. Mark Souther, “Protest Voices: Using Activist Oral Histories to Teach Historical Thinking,” 2016. Recipient of 2016 CSU Office of Research 2nd Place Poster Prize &

Director/Co-PI with J. Mark Souther, “History Speaks: Using Oral History to Teach Historical Thinking,” 2015.

Director/PI, “Connecting Historical Thinking and Technology in the Classroom,” 2014.

Google Earth Virtual Workbook, 2013-2017. (Open Access)

Digital Essays

“Politics of Peace and Gender + Digital Humanities,” Peace and Change Blog, July 23, 2018. URL:

“Where is Standing Rock?” Peace & Change Blog, November 1, 2016. URL:

“Identity in Transnational History,” in “Forum on Transnationalism” H-German, 2006.

Wegbereiterinnen Series

“Anna Julia Cooper” in Wegbereiterinnen XV, ed. Gisela Notz, Neu Ulm: AG SPAK Bücher, 2018.
“Mary Harris ‘Mother’ Jones” in Wegbereiterinnen XIV, ed. Gisela Notz, Neu Ulm: AG SPAK Bücher, 2017.
“Aida Overton Walker” in Wegbereiterinnen XIII, ed. Gisela Notz, Neu Ulm: AG SPAK Bücher, 2015.
“Mary Church Terrell” in Wegbereiterinnen XII, ed. Gisela Notz. Neu Ulm:AG SPAK Bücher, 2014.
“Contanze Hallgarten” in Wegbereiterinnen XI, ed. Gisela Notz. Neu Ulm:AG SPAK Bücher, 2013.
“Olive Schreiner” in Wegbereiterinnen X, ed. Gisela Notz. Bonn:Pellens Verlag, 2012.
“Karin Michaëlis” in Wegbereiterinnen IX, ed. Gisela Notz. Bonn:Pellens Verlag, 2011.
“Emma Goldman” in Wegbereiterinnen VIII, ed. Gisela Notz. Bonn:Pellens Verlag, 2010.
“Alma Kettig” in Wegbereiterinnen VII, ed. Gisela Notz. Bonn:Pellens Verlag, 2009.
“Anna Seghers” in Wegbereiterinnen VI, ed. Gisela Notz. Bonn:Pellens Verlag, 2008.


Cleveland State University                                Aug 2011-present
Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor

Ancient World History |  Modern World History

Introduction to Geography | Introduction to Historical Studies |         

20th Century Europe, 1914 to present | German History: Empire to EU

Global Interconnections: Historiography of World History

Politics of Protest and Gender (

Gender in European History (undergraduate & graduate)

Graduate Seminars

The City in European History | Gender in 20th Century Europe

Cleveland and the World: Relatable World History

Binghamton University                                        Aug. 2010-May 2011
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Courses: Modern World History
War and Peace in Society
France and the World in the 20th Century

Broome Community College                                Aug. 2010-Dec. 2010
Courses: The West and the World to 1500
The Rise of the West (1500-present)
United States History I

State University of New York at Cortland                  Aug. 2009-Dec. 2009
Courses: The World to 1500
The World since 1500

Binghamton University                                                     Aug. 2003-Dec. 2006
Teaching Assistant                                                              Jan. 2008-May 2009
Courses: Western Civilization
Modern World History
German History 1871-Present
Human Rights since 1945
The Holocaust
The US in the ‘60s
World War II and its Aftermath in Asia

West Springfield High School, Massachusetts
Student Teaching Practicum: Social Studies                      Sept. 2002- Dec. 2002
Courses: World History
European History
US History


“Wikipedia as an Open Pedagogy Tool: A Case Study,” OpenCon Ohio, Lightning Round Presentation & Recording with Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University, May 2024.

“Chains of Production, Chains of Protest: Women’s Peace Camps: 1981-2000,” Poster,  Arts & Sciences Research Day, Cleveland State University, April 2024.

“A Collaborative Look at Innovate Ohio’s AI Toolkit,” Presentation with Molly Buckley-Marudas and Chris Rennison, CSU TECH Hub AI Symposium, Cleveland State University, April 2024.

“Chains of Production, Chains of Protest: Women’s Peace Camps: 1980-2000,” Presentation, Peace History Society Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2023.

Open Pedagogy, Roundtable Participant, OpenCon Ohio, May 2023.

“Fostering Collaboration in the Cleveland Teaching Collaborative,” OpenCon Cleveland, Presentation & Recording with Molly Buckley-Marudas and Chris Rennison, May 2022.

“The Cleveland Teaching Collaborative: Building Spaces for Collective Care and Collaboration,” OpenCon Cleveland, Presentation & Recording with Molly Buckley-Marudas, May 14, 2021.

“The Cleveland Teaching Collaborative: Designing and Leveraging an Educator Innovation Hub,” Provost’s Teaching Summit, Poster Presentation, CSU Center for Faculty Excellence, April 2021.

“Activism in Historical Context,” Roundtable Presentation & Recording. Activism: An Interdisciplinary Conversation. Cleveland State University, March 31, 2021.

“Teaching Historical Thinking and Digital Literacy with the Gender Studies Resources Project,” Co-presenter Jamie Goodall (Stevenson University). Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, Baltimore, MD, May 2020. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

“Bringing Student Work into the Open: Open Pedagogy in Action,” Panelist, OpenCon Cleveland, February 2020.

“Gender Studies Resources Database,” DH Lightning Round, German Studies Association, Portland, OR, October 2019.

“Politics of Protest and Gender: Project- Based Learning and DH,” Conference Paper, German Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2018.

“Preserving Activist Voices in the Twenty-First Century” Panel Organizer and Presenter. Peace History Society Conference, Kansas City, MO, October 2017.

“Peace History and the Digital Humanities,” Roundtable Participant, Peace History Society Conference, Kansas City, MO, October 2017.

“Digital Humanities: Concept, Collaboration, and Process,” Seminar Convener & Presenter, German Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, October 2017.

“The Reformation and Digital Humanities,” Roundtable Organizer and Participant, German Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, October 2017.

“Protest Spaces,” Digital Humanities Lightning Round, American Historical Association, Denver, CO, January 2017.

“The Future of Digital Humanities in German History and German Studies,” Seminar Convener, German Studies Association, San Diego, September/October 2016.

“Place Matters: Occupied Spaces in German Peace History 1921-1983,” Conference Paper, Historical Perspectives on War, Peace, and Religion, Annual Meeting of the Peace History Society, West Hartford, CT, October 2015.

“Petra Kelly as Political Kommunikatorin und Cooperative Activist,” Conference Paper and Panel Organizer, German Studies Association, Kansas City, MO, September 2014.

“Transnational Networks of War Resistance from the Great War to the Viet Nam War,” Comment and Panel Organizer, Resisting War in the Twentieth Century, Lisbon, Portugal, February 2014.

“Transnationale Netzwerke, Kooperative Aktivisten und Politische Legitimität bei der Deutschen Linken, 1974-1987,” Conference Paper, Jahrestagung des AKHF an der Forschungstelle für Zeitgeschichte, Hamburg, Germany, October 2013.

“‘Where Erich Ollenhauer Once Stood’: The Reconstruction of the Frankfurt Paulskirche as Physical and Political Space, 1948-1968,” Paper Presentation, Social Science Brown Bag Series, Cleveland State University, April 17, 2013.

“A German in 1950s Japan: Pacifist Kurt Essen and Transnational Encounters with Cooperative Activism,” Conference Paper, German Studies Association, Milwaukee, WI, October 2012.

“’A Source of Energy for New Action!’ Transnational Pacifist Networks and German Peace Movements, 1921-1963,” Conference Paper, American Historical Association, Chicago, IL, Jan. 2012.

“Where Erich Ollenhauer Once Stood” German Peace Activism and the Politicization of the Streets, 1921-1966,” Conference Paper, German Studies Association, Louisville, KY, September 2011.

“Feminist Politics on the Non-Communist German Left between 1919-1966: The Cases of Gerda Weyl and Alma Kettig,” Roundtable Paper, Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, Amherst, MA, June 2011.

“‘We Say We are Against War, But We are Still Ready to Lead the Next One:’ German Social Democrats, Pacifists, and Peace Politics, 1921-1966,” invited lecture, Binghamton University History Department Fall Colloquium Series, October 2010.

“Cooperation or Conflict? Social Democrats, Pacifists, and Cold War Peace Politics in the 1950s and 1960s,” Conference Paper, German Studies Association, Oakland, CA, October 2010.

“Pacifists, Feminists, and Social Democrats: Transnational Actors in the Weimar Republic, 1921-1933,” Conference Paper, Fourth American-Canadian Conference (ACC) in German and European History, Buffalo, NY, April 2010.

“Changing Political Space on the Left: Social Democrats and Pacifists in Weimar and Cold War Germany,” Conference Paper, “Change is the Only Constant,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, March 2010.

“Peace Party Politics and Pacifism: Transnational Identities in the Weimar Republic, 1921-1933,” Conference Paper and Panel Organizer, German Studies Association, Washington, D.C., October 2009.

“Transnational Dynamics of Peace in National Politics: German Social Democrats and Pacifists, 1958-1966,”Conference Paper, Summer School: “New Approaches to Political History. Writing British and German Contemporary History,” German Historical Institute London, United Kingdom, September 2009.

“Alma Kettig and the Tensions between Pacifists and Social Democrats in Postwar Germany” Conference Paper, “Social and Political Transformations in Germany and Austria, pre- and post- 1945,” Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom, July 2009.

“Transnational Identities in National Politics,” invited paper for the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Research Colloquium, December 2007.

“Transnational Identities in National Politics: the SPD and the German Peace Movements, 1921-1966,” paper presentation for the Colloquium zur Zeitgeschichte led by Prof. Dr. Paul Nolte, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, November 2007.


Cyrus Eaton Foundation Trustee             2016-present


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