- Doctoral Candidate
- Predoctoral Instructor & Teaching Assistant
M.A. Latin American Studies, The University of Chicago, 2011
Katja holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and is currently a PhD 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 (1945-1989). 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 tought her own classes as a predoctoral instructor in the history department (Modern Latin American History through Film) and at the UW Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Mexican History & Eastern European History). She has previously served as a graduate student member on the history department's diversity committee.
Katja is passionate about museums—both in the physical and the virtual realm—and art, and assists as a curatorial volunteer at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum.