- Doctoral Candidate
- Predoctoral Instructor & Teaching Assistant
M.A. Latin American Studies (The University of Chicago, 2011), B.A. Licensed Social Worker (Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin, 2010)
Katja holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Washington where she studies the social and cultural histories of socialist societies. Her dissertation explores the lives of Jewish women in East Berlin (1945-1990). In her research, she integrates traditional archival research, oral history, and digital humanities approaches. As the 2016-17 Greenberg Research Fellow, she was in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation in early 2017 to research trangenerational trauma and resilience among the descendants of female Holocaust survivors. Katja was born and raised in Dresden, (East) Germany and has an academic and professional background in social work.
At the University of Washington, Katja is also a fellow in the Simpson Center's Certificate Program in Public Scholarship and an alumna of the Graduate Fellowship Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. She has four years of teaching experience as a teaching assistant in the history department. In addition, Katja has taught her own classes as a predoctoral instructor in the history department (Modern Latin American History through Film), at the UW Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Mexican History & Eastern European History), and for University Beyond Bars (World Civilizations, through Seattle Central College). She has previously served as a graduate student member on the history department's diversity committee.
Katja is passionate about bridging history, art, and education. She was previously a project contributor at the The Wende Museum in Culver City, CA and the Cotsen Foundation in West Hollywood, CA where she explored the transfer of ideas across the Iron Curtain in early Cold War textile design. She also facilitates creative writing workshops at LAMP Community Services' Arts Program in Los Angeles, CA and works with Antena Los Ángeles and the Los Angeles Tenants Union, promoting language justice and tenants' rights through solidarity interpreting.
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