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Kathryn Julian

Kathryn Julian, Ph.D.
Joined Westfield State University in 2018

Ph.D., European History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2017)
M.A., European History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (2010)
B.A., History, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL (2007)

Courses Taught:
HIST 650: Topics in World History (Encounters in Modern East Asia: Modernity and Memory in China and Japan)

Research Interests:
Modern Central and Eastern Europe, religious communities in socialism, East Germany, Hungary, People’s Republic of China, Early Modern Europe, gender, ecology

Selected Scholarship/ Publications:
“Under the Habit: Resistance of Catholic Sisters against East German State Authority in the 1950s,” in Gendering Post-1945 German History: Entanglements. Friederike Bruehoefener, Karen Hagemann, and Donna Harsch, eds. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books. In Press.

She is currently revising her first manuscript, tentatively titled The Mother Teresa of Halle: Catholics, Cloisters, and Charity in East Germany, which explores the important social roles of Catholic nuns, sisters, brothers, and priests in East German society. 

Her second project examines the interactions of European people with the changing environment at Lake Balaton in western Hungary throughout the long twentieth century.