- 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 an MA 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. 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 a graduate fellow at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. She has three 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 in this recent feature.
Katja is passionate about museums—both in the physical and the virtual realm—and bridging history and art. She is a curatorial intern at the Center on Contemporary Art and assists as a volunteer in archival, education, and oral history projects at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum.
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