Christian Wilbers


Email: [[e|cawilbers]]
Research Interests: Transnational Studies, U.S. History

M.A. (Magister Artium) in English Philology (Minors: History, Sport Sciences), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany (2006). Thesis with Prof. Maria Diedrich on “Negotiations of History and Memory in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Paradise”

Christian Wilbers is a PhD Candidate in American Studies. In 2009 he successfully completed his Comprehensive Exams with fields in Modern American History, American Religious History, Transnational Studies, as well as Postcolonial Theory and Immigration. Since then, he has been working on his dissertation, which deals with transnational negotiations of belonging in German America between World War I and World War II. He hopes to complete his degree in the summer of 2013.


Review of McDonald, Jason, American Ethnic History: Themes and Perspectives, 49th Parallel 26(Autumn 2011).

Journalism Sample (in German): “Den Republikanern bricht die Basis weg,” ZEIT ONLINE, 20.09.2012.

Teaching Experience

American Studies 470 “Representations of American Empire,” Teaching Fellow, Spring 2012 and Spring 2010

German 202, Instructor, Spring 2009

Religious Studies 201, “Introduction to Religious Studies,” Teaching Assistant w/ Prof. Maureen Fitzgerald, Fall 2008

American Studies 203, “American Medicine: A Social and Cultural History,” Teaching Assistant w/ Prof. Robert Scholnick, Fall 2007

German 201, Teaching Assistant w/ Merry Feyock Guernsey, Fall 2003 


“Race and Trans-Nationalism in German America: The ‘Horror on the Rhine Mass Meeting,’” 17th Annual Focus on German Studies Conference, Max Kade German Cultural Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA, October 2012

“Between Third Reich and American Way,” 2012 HOTCUS Annual Conference, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, The Netherlands, June 2012

"Between Third Reich and American Way,” 36th Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies, Lawrence, KS, USA, April 2012

“Between Volksgemeinschaft and American Way,” 7th Annual History Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, February 2012

“Between Third Reich and American Way – Transatlantic Migration and the Politics of Belonging, 1920-1945,” Heidelberg Spring Academy 2011, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg, Germany, March 2011

“The U.S. Media and the 1942 Case Against Eight German Saboteurs,” Clinton Institute Summer School 2010, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, July 2010

“Herbert Hans Haupt – In Between Identites,” Graduate Research Symposium 2010, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., USA, March 2010

 “Public Diplomacy – Between Propaganda and Public Relations,” Graduate Research Symposium 2009, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., USA, March 2009

Community Service and Other Experience

Student Advisor, Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V., Hamburg, Germany, 2010-2011

Treasurer for the Graduate Student Association, College of William and Mary, 2009-2010

Member of the Organizing Committee, Graduate Research Symposium, 2007-2010

Assistant to Prof. Dr. Maria Diedrich for the international academic conference “Crossovers: African Americans and Germany”, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, January – March 2006

German-House Tutor, Deutsches Haus, The College of William and Mary, 2003-2004