Christiane Bauer

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

Biographical Summary

Christiane Bauer is a cultural historian of the 20th and 21st century who started her visiting fellowship at the GHI in September 2018. Previously, she was head curator at the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C. where she conceived and oversaw the interpretive planning for the inaugural exhibition galleries in the new museum. She holds an MA in Jewish Studies and in History from Freie Universität Berlin and has worked as curator, provenance researcher, and oral historian. Her dissertation at Universität zu Köln focuses on the cultural memory of second-generation German Americans. Her research deals with transfer processes of cultural knowledge, family stories, and material culture and how people find meaning in stories, objects, and rituals within an intergenerational context.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Cultural History
  • Transnational History
  • History of Migration (20th / 21st century)
  • Memory Studies
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Oral History