Catherine J. Plum
Western New England University (413) 796-2263
1215 Wilbraham Road firstname.lastname@example.org
Dept. of History
Springfield, MA 01119
EDUCATION University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI USA
1996 - 2005 PhD, European history, 2005.
MA, European history, 1999.
MA Thesis: Antifascist Resistance and German-Soviet Friendship:
The Building Blocks of Myth in East German Youth Education
2000 - 2001 Freie Universität - Berlin Berlin, Germany
Affiliation for the duration of DAAD dissertation grant.
1991 - 1995 Northwestern University Evanston, IL USA
BA with distinction/summa cum laude, history, 1995.
Junior Year Abroad The University of Sussex Falmer, Brighton, England
DOCTORAL “Antifascism & the Historical Identity of East German Youth, 1961-1989.”
DISSERTATION Rudy Koshar, Professor, UW-Madison
8/31/2005 - Present Associate Professor, Western New England University Springfield, MA
COURSES German History, 1871 - Present
TAUGHT World War II & the Holocaust
East German Society & Culture, 1949-1989
British Isles, 1870 - Present
Junior/ Senior Seminar: U.S. – European Relations World War I to Present:
American GIs to Freedom Fries
Modern Europe, 1815 - Present
Early Modern Europe, 1500-1815
World History, 1500 – Present
First Year Seminar
FELLOWSHIPS & Learning Beyond the Classroom Fellow, WNEC, Fall 2010
GRANTS Western New England College Faculty Summer Research Grant, Summer 2006
DAAD Center for German & European Studies Fellowship, Spring 2005
George L. Mosse Teaching Fellowship, Spring 2004
University of Wisconsin, University Fellowship, 2002-2003
DAAD Dissertation Grant, 2000-2001
History Department Fellowship, Spring 2000
DAAD Center for German & European Studies Fellowship, Fall 1999
German Historical Institute Summer Program Scholarship, 1999
DAAD German Studies Grant for pre-dissertation research, Summer 1999
History Department Fellowship, Fall 1998
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History Department Scholarship, Spring 1998
DAAD Summer Study Grant, Summer 1997
Forester Undergraduate Scholarship, 1991-1995
PUBLICATIONS “Socialist Escapes: Breaking Away from Ideology and Everyday Routine Eastern
Europe, 1945-1989,” edited by Cathleen Giustino, Catherine Plum and
Alexander Vari. The manuscript is under contract with Berghahn Books and
forthcoming in January 2013.
“Youth Patriots, Rebels and Conformists in Wartime & Beyond: Recent
Trends in the History of Youth Nationalism and National Identity in the
Twentieth Century,” Memoria y Civilización: Anuario de Historia 14 (2011):
“Feminine Heroes, Masculine Superheroes? Contradictions within Antifascist
Youth Education in the German Democratic Republic (GDR).” Témoigner. Entre
Histoire et Mémoire Revue interdisciplinaire de la Fondation Auschwitz
(Zeitschrift der Auschwitz-Stiftung Brüssel, Éditions Kimé, Paris) Special
Edition,“Antifaschismus revisited. Geschichte – Ideologie – Erinnerung.” Nr.
104 (July-September 2009): 161-174.
“The Children of Antifascism: Exploring Young Historian Clubs in the GDR,”
German Politics and Society 26 (Spring 2008): 1-28.
“Contested Namesakes: East Berlin School Names under Communism &
in Reunified Germany,” History of Education Quarterly (Winter 2005/6): 625-
WORKS IN “Children of Antifascism: East German Youth, Memory & Historical Narratives,
PROGRESS 1949-1989.” A draft book manuscript based on the author’s doctoral thesis.
“The Survival of the Jugendweihe after 1989.” Based in part on a conference
presentation, this draft essay is intended to be a journal article.
BOOK & FILM Book Review: Charles Lansing, From Nazism to Communism: German
REVIEWS & Schoolteachers under Two Dictatorships (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard
REPORTS University Press, 2010). German Politics and Society 29 (Winter 2011).
Book Review: Anna Saunders, Honecker’s children: Youth and patriotism in
East(ern) Germany, 1979-2002 (Manchester, 2007). Humanities and Social
Sciences Online – German (May 27, 2009).
Pedagogical Film Review: Goodbye Lenin. Humanities and Social Sciences
Online – German (May 19, 2008).
Book Review: Torsten Gass-Bolm, Das Gymnasium 1945-1980: Bildungsreform
und gesellschaftlicher Wandel in Westdeutschland (Wallstein: Göttingen, 2005).
Humanities and Social Sciences Online – German (March 26, 2008).
Conference Report: American Historical Association, Atlanta 2007. Panel 34:
Childhood in Socialism. Humanities and Social Sciences Online – German
(January 24, 2007).
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Book Review: Judd Stitziel, Fashioning Socialism: Clothing, Politics and
Consumer Culture in East Germany (Berg: New York, 2005). German Politics
and Society 24 (Autumn 2006): 119-124.
Book Review: Josie McLellan, Anti-Fascism and Memory in East Germany.
Remembering the International Brigades 1945-1989. Humanities and Social
Sciences Online -- German (November 18, 2005).
Book Review: Manfred Agethen, Eckhard Jesse and Ehrhart
Neubert ed., Der missbrauchte Antifaschismus: DDR – Staatsdoktrin
und Lebenslüge der deutschen Linken (Herder: Freiburg, 2002), Humanities and
Social Sciences Online -- German (January 16, 2005).
Book Review: Lee Congdon, Seeing Red: Hungarian Intellectuals in Exile and the
Challenge of Communism (Northern Illinois Press, 2001), History of Education
Quarterly (Spring 2003).
PRESENTATIONS Commentator for German Studies Association Panel, “Of the Sun and the State:
New Cultural Histories of GDR Tourism,” German Studies Association, October
“Tales of Resistance against Nazism: Autobiographical Storytelling in the East
German Classroom in the 1970s and 1980s,” Presentation given at the annual
meeting of the International Society for Educational Biography, April 2009.
“Camp Communist: Getting away from it all in the German Democratic
Republic at a Central Pioneer Camp,” Presentation given at the Popular
Culture Association National Meeting, April 2009.
“Pioneer Youth Camps: A Fusion of Traditional Camp Life & Political
Ideology,” Presentation given at the Popular Culture Association National
Meeting, March 2008.
“The Survival of the Jugendweihe: The Eastern German Coming-of-Age Ritual
Before & After 1989,” Presentation given at the American Historical
Association Conference, January 2007.
“East German Young Historians Clubs: Youth Support for State-subscribed
Antifascism, 1949-1989,” Presentation given at the History of Education
Society Annual Meeting, October 2006.
“Racial Persecution & the Holocaust in East German Schools and Youth Culture,
1949-1989,” Presentation given at the History of Education Society Annual
Meeting, November 2004.
“From Antifascist Enthusiasts to would-be Neofascists: Student Reception of
Antifascist Traditionspflege in GDR Schools & Extracurricular Activities, 1961-
1989,” Presentation given at the History of Education Society Annual Meeting,
“Generational Zusammenarbeit in GDR Antifascist Education and
Commemoration,” Presentation given at the University of Washington-Seattle
graduate student conference “Generating Difference: Identity and Alterity as
Generational Conflict,” May 2003.
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“Soviet Models for GDR Pedagogy & Youth Culture: Commemorating
Antifascism,” Presentation given at the German Studies Graduate Student
Conference at UW-Madison, April 2003.
“The Contested Space of Namensverleihung: Comparing Berlin School Names
under Communism and Contemporary School Mascots,” Presentation given
at the History of Education Society Annual Meeting, November 2002.
“Partisans, Police and Border Guards: The Iconography of Militarism in the East
German Youth Magazine Die ABC Zeitung, 1960-1969,” Presentation given at the
Children's History Conference at Claremont University, February 2002.
“Die Darstellung der antifaschistischen Widerstand in der ABC Zeitung, 1960-1969,”
Presentation for a seminar at the University of Potsdam, January 2001.
“Antifascist Resistance and German-Soviet Friendship: The Building Blocks of
Myth and Legitimation in East German Youth Education,” Presented at the
History of Education Quarterly Conference, October 1999, and the German
Studies Graduate Student Conference at UW-Madison, March 1999.
CHAIRED “The Politics of Gender and Religion: Youth and Women's Organizations in the
CONFERENCE postwar Germanies," American Historical Association Conference, January 2009.
“Religious Groups in the USA and Germany and Their Influence on Science,
Education, Business and Politics,” USA Round Table “Societies in
Transition” Conference, Stanford, June 2008.
WORKSHOPS Midwest German History Workshop, November 2002. Position Paper,
"Antifascist Veterans as Zeitzeugen in the GDR Classroom: Autobiographical
Storytelling in a Historical Context."
SERVICE NEASC accreditation team, Student Affairs, 2010-2011
Faculty advisor, Model United Nations Club, 2006 to present.
Lecture Day Committee, 2007-2009; 2010-2013.
History & Political Science Graduation Brunch, 2007 to 2011.
Student Affairs Committee, 2007-2008.
HONORS & Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society
SCHOLARLY Blattberg Essay Scholarship, Winter 1997/98
AFFILIATIONS American Historical Association
German Studies Association
History of Education Society
DAAD Alumni Association of North America
Popular Culture Association
International Society for Educational Biography
& SERVICE UW - Madison History Department Madison, WI USA
Fall 2004 Teaching Assistant for History 365: Revolution & Nationalism in Ireland.
Spring 2004 George L. Mosse Lecturer: East German Sociey and Culture, 1949 - 1989.
Fall 2003 Teaching Assistant for History 119: The Making of Modern Europe, 1500 - 1815.
Spring 2002 Teaching Assistant for History 410: The History of Germany 1871 - Present.
Spring 2002 Graduate Student Selection Committee, European Women’s History.
Spring 1999 Teaching Assistant for History 357: The History of the Second World War.
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Spring 1998 Grader for History 475: European Social History, 1918 - Present.
Summer 2002 Senior Citizen Summer Institute Madison, WI USA
Summer 2003 Lecturer
Conducted several two-week long lecture series including WWII in Europe, 20th
Century European Gender History, Germany after 1945 and Atlantic Cultural
Crossroads 1945 - Present.
September 1996 - The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies Madison, WI USA
May 1999 Outreach Assistant
Advised patrons on the use of foreign and domestic genealogical sources.
Other projects included introducing the German language to elementary school
children and preparing exhibits on the American and Wisconsin immigrant
experience for the Madison Public Library and classroom use.
Summer 1997 Concordia Language Camp Waldsee Bemidji, MN USA
Summer 1998 Senior Counselor
Responsible for teaching German to grade school and high school students and
leading extracurricular activities in the target language. Maintained and
offered programming at the camp's historical landmark, a German immigrant
cabin, which dates from the 1850s.
April 16 - State Archives of Hamburg Hamburg, Germany
May 30, 1996 Research Intern
Researched genealogical and legal inquiries in the collections of church books,
passport and citizenship documents, residence registration and emigration
LANGUAGES German: fluent
French: reading knowledge
Spanish: reading knowledge
REFERENCES Professor Rudy Koshar (Doctoral Advisor)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of History
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706-1483
Tel.: (608) 265-2578
Fax: (608) 263-5302
Professor James Albisetti
University of Kentucky
Dept. of History
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
Tel.: (859) 257-4343
Fax: (859) 323-3885