Dr. Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

Prof. Dr. Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

Deputy Director
German Historical Institute
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Washington DC 20009
Phone +1.202.387.3355

Biographical Summary

Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson joined the GHI as Deputy Director in October 2011. She studied at the University of California at Davis and at the Universities of Münster and Munich, where she earned her doctorate. She has taught American history at the University of Munich from 1994 to 2011 and has been a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at numerous European and American universities. Her main research interests are African American Studies, Transatlantic Relations, Gender, and American Religious History. Among her publications are From Protest to Politics: Schwarze Frauen in der Bürgerrechtsbewegung und im Kongress der Vereinigten Staaten (1998), Europe and America: Cultures in Translation (2006), Christian Science im Lande Luthers: Eine amerikanische Religionsgemeinschaft in Deutschland, 1894-2009 (2009), Dreams and Nightmares: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and the Struggle for Black Equality in America (2011), The Transatlantic Sixties: Europe and the United States in the Counterculture Decade (2013), Staging a Dream: Untold Stories and Transatlantic Legacies of the March on Washington (2015) and Malcolm X: Eine Biographie (2015). 

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Main Areas of Interest

  • African American Studies
  • Transatlantic Relations
  • Gender and American Religious History

GHI Research Projects

From Civil Rights to Children's Rights: Marian Wright Edelman, the Children's Defense, and the Institutionalization of the Civil Rights Movement more...

Professional Positions

since 2011: Deputy Director, German Historical Institute, Washington DC
since 2013 Professor of American History and Culture, University of Munich (LMU)
2007-2011: Associate Professor of American History and Culture, University of Munich (LMU)
1997-2007: Assistant Professor of American History and Culture, University of Munich (LMU)
1994-1997: Lecturer, American History and Culture, University of Munich (LMU)
1993-1994: Visiting Scholar at Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (JCPES), Washington, DC
1992-1994: Associate Lecturer/Instructor, University of Munich (LMU)
1992-1993: Freelance journalist for radio and newspaper
1992: Internship at English Broadcasting Department of Radio "Deutsche Welle" in Cologne