- 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. Earlier this year, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research awarded Katja the 2016-17 Greenberg Research Fellowship for her work about 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 and 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). Katja has previously served as a graduate student member on the history department's diversity committee. You can read more about her work and current projects here, here, and here.
Katja is passionate about museums—both in the physical and the virtual realm—and bridging history, art, and community education. She has volunteered at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and completed a curatorial internship at the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) Seattle. She is currently a curatorial and research graduate intern in a collaborative project between The Wende Museum in Culver City, CA and the Cotsen Foundation in West Hollywood, CA where she explores the transfer of ideas across the Iron Curtain in early Cold War textile design. Katja also facilitates creative writing workshops at LAMP Community Services' Arts Program in Los Angeles, CA.
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