Claudia Roesch

Research Fellow
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Phone +1.202.387.3355

Biographical Summary

Claudia Roesch is a research fellow at the GHI Washington. Her research specializes in contemporary American history and history of the family. She studied contemporary history, English, and American Studies at Humboldt University Berlin and the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain. Her Ph.D dissertation written within the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Family Values and Social Change“ at the University of Münster, investigates Mexican immigration and changing family values in the 20th century United States. She has published her first book Macho Men and Modern Women: Mexican Immigration, Social Experts and Changing Family Values in the 20th Century United States with de Gruyter Oldenbourg in 2015. Since then, she has received a postdoctoral research grant by the Gerda Henkel Foundation for archival research on the project “Between Public Decisions and Private Choice: Reproductive Debates in the 20th Century United States.” From 2015 to 2017, she has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Muenster University Collaborative Research Centre 1150 “Cultures of Decision-Making” investigating reproductive decision-making in the U.S. and West Germany. Her current project examines the entanglements of West German and American family planning associations Planned Parenthood and Pro Familia in the second half of the 20th century.

Main Areas of Interest

  • History of the Family
  • Migration History
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Transatlantic Exchanges
  • History of Knowledge

GHI Research Project

  • "Children by Choice? The Entanglements of the American Planned Parenthood Federation and the West German Pro Familia" read on

Professional Positions

since 2018Research Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington DC
2015 - 2017Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CDC 1150 „Cultures of Decision-Making“, University of Münster, Project A 05
2010 - 2014Junior Researcher, Emmy Noether Research Group „Family Values and Social Change“, University of Münster