Uta Poiger

Uta Poiger

Professor of History, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities
education Ph.D., 1995, History
Brown University
Mailing address 420M RP
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Uta G. Poiger joined the Department of History in July 2011 as a professor of history and the chair of the department. She was named the interim dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities in November 2012, and the dean of the college in July 2013.

In her research, Poiger examines 20th-century German culture and society in transnational perspective, and makes the study of race and gender central to these explorations. In individually authored as well as in collaborative work, she has consistently crossed national boundaries, addressing questions of Americanization, globalization, imperialism, and the promises and challenges of comparative history. Topics that have particularly engaged her interest include the political and cultural dimensions of the Cold War; consumption and popular culture in different political regimes; the international links and imaginations that have shaped youth cultures; and the relationship of the multinational cosmetics industry to international discourses on beauty and health.

Her graduate and undergraduate teaching has included courses on modern European and German history, the Holocaust and comparative genocide, gender and sexuality, and historiography. Recent undergraduate seminars have covered topics such as “Beauty and the Body”; “The Modern Girl Around the World”; and “Migrations in Europe since 1945.”

Before coming to Northeastern, Poiger taught for sixteen years at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she was the Giovanni and Amne Costigan Endowed Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has been visiting faculty at Harvard University and is currently a member of the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Feminist Studies.

Selected Publications


Beauty and Business in Germany: An International History

Germany: Cold War and Beyond (under contract with Blackwell-Wiley)


Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany. Series:  Lynn Hunt and Victoria Bonnell, eds.”Studies on the History of Society and Culture 35.” Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520211391

Edited Volumes

Editor with Modern Girl Around the World Research Group (Alys Eve Weinbaum, Lynn M. Thomas, Priti Ramamurthy, Uta G. Poiger, Madeleine Yue Dong, Tani E. Barlow), The Modern Girl Around the World: Modernity, Consumption, Globalization. Series: Inderpal Grewal, Karen Kaplan, and Robyn Wiegman, eds. “Next Wave: New Directions in Women’s Studies.” Durham: Duke University Press, 2008 http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=16335

Editor, with Heide Fehrenbach. Transactions, Transgressions, Transformations:  American Culture in Western Europe and Japan. New York: Berghahn Books, 2000. http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=fehrenbachtransactions

Editor, with Volker Berghahn, Documents in German History. Volume 8, 1945-1961. For German Historical Institute Washington; web-based in German and English, includes over 200 documents, numerous images, and introduction: http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/section.cfm?section_id=14. The entire project is the winner of the American Historical Association’s 2010 James Harvey Robinson Award for the best educational resource in any media in any field of History.

Selected Honors & Awards

Giovanni and Amne Costigan Endowed Professorship in History, University of Washington, 2010-11

Visiting Scholar, Minda da Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 2010-11

Visiting Associate Professor of History and History and Literature, Harvard University, 2006-8

Collaborative Grants for “The Modern Girl Around the World:”Taylor Institute, University of Washington, 2000

Institute for Transnational Studies, UW, 2001-2002

Simpson Humanities Center, UW, 2001-2002; 2002-2003; 2003-2004; 2004-5

Graduate Fund for Excellence, UW 2002-2003; 2004-2005

Fellow, Society of Scholars, Simpson Humanities Center, University of Washington, 2002-2003

Pressly Award, History Department, University of Washington, for “The Holocaust,” (with Sarah Stein), 2003

Course Development Grant for “The Holocaust,” (with Sarah Stein), Center for West European Studies, University of Washington, Summer 2001

Royalty Research Fund Award, University of Washington, 2000

Junior Faculty Development Award, University of Washington, 1998

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Chair, Nominating Committee, Modern Europe Section, American Historical Association, 2007-2012

Nominating Committee, German Studies Association, 2006-2007

Senior Commentator, Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar, German Historical Institute Washington and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany, April 2006

Co-Organizer, Conference “Modern Girl, Asia, and Beyond,” Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan, September 2004

DAAD/GSA Book Prize Committee, 2003

Reviewer, ACLS Fellowship Competition, 2001, 2002, 2003

Panel Organizer, Conference Group for Central European History, for AHA 2002

Invited Participant, “Conversations on the Future of the Humanities,” ACLS, New York, April 2001

Reviewer, Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, Western Association of Graduate Schools, 2000