Martin A. Klimke

Associate Professor of History

University of Heidelberg, PhD, 2005

Office Address: 

Saadiyat Campus, Humanities Building (A6), 193


+971-2-6284-676 (UAE)

Personal Homepage:

Field of Study: 

United States

Research Interests: 

U.S. and the World; U.S. Foreign Affairs & Transatlantic Relations; Cold War; Activism, Dissent and Protest Movements; Transnational History

External Affiliations:

Associated researcher at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at the University of Heidelberg and in Transatlantic Cultural History (TCH) at the University of Augsburg, Germany

Research Description:

Martin Klimke’s research explores the intersections of political and cultural, diplomatic and transnational history. It is dedicated to the role of America in the world with an emphasis on processes of transnational exchange in U.S.-European relations in the twentieth century, and more particularly in the period of the Cold War. Klimke analyzes the multi-faceted impact “American” ideas and cultural practices have had once adopted in different sociopolitical settings, and the ways in which U.S. history has become intertwined with other countries’ politics and societies. The increasingly global cultural, political, and military presence of the United States, especially after World War II, as well as the country’s complex entanglement with the forces of globalization, are at the center of his scholarly interests. A special focus of his research is transnational protest movements, processes of cultural transfer, and global networks of dissent, e.g. with respect to 1960/70s protest movements, the African American freedom struggle in the 20th century, or the grassroots activism of the 1980s.


Martin Klimke studied at the University of Goettingen, Amherst College, and the University of Heidelberg. Before joining New York University Abu Dhabi, he taught at the University of Heidelberg, Georgetown University, Rutgers University, and Meiji University, Tokyo. He is currently co-directing the research projects and digital archives The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany and The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany ( and Nuclear Crisis: Cold War Cultures and the Politics of Peace and Security, 1975-1990 (


2010 Visiting Professorship, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan; 2010 Visiting Professorship, Volda University College, Norway; 2009 NAACP Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award; 2007-2009 Postdoctoral Fellowship for North American History, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.; 2006 Ruprecht-Karls-Prize 2006, University of Heidelberg for “The ‘Other’ Alliance: Global Protest and Student Unrest in West Germany and the U.S., 1962-72”; 2005-06 Visiting Fellow, Heidelberg Center for American Studies; 2002-05 VW Research Fellow, Volkswagen Foundation; 2002 Travel Grant, Schurman Verein e.V., Heidelberg; 2001 Thesis Grant, Free University of Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin; 2000 The Alpha Delta Phi Grant, English Department, Amherst College, Amherst

Selected Works:



A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany, with Maria Höhn, (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)


Ein Hauch von Freiheit Afroamerikanische GIs, die US-Bürgerrechtsbewegung und Deutschland, with Maria Höhn (Bielefeld: transcript, 2016)

otheralliances.jpgThe Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany & the United States in the Global Sixties (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010 / paperback 2011,

Edited Volumes:

Revisiting 1968 and the Global Sixties, with Chen Jian, Masha Kirasirova, Mary Nolan, Marilyn Young, Joanna Waley-Cohen (in preparation)

Media and the Cold War, 1975-1991, with Rolf Werenskjold and Henrik G. Bastiansen (in preparation)

nuclearcrisis.jpgThe Nuclear Crisis, NATO's Double-Track Decision, and the German Peace Movement of the 1980s, with Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Wilfried Mausbach, and Marianne Zepp (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016)

book3.jpgTrust, but Verify: The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969-1991, with Reinhild Kreis and Christian Ostermann (Washington, DC/Redwood City, CA: Wilson Center Press/Stanford University Press, 2016)

Book4.jpgNuclear Threats, Nuclear Fear and the Cold War of the 1980s, with Eckart Conze and Jeremy Varon (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Book5.jpgProtest Cultures: A Companion, with Kathrin Fahlenbrach and Joachim Scharloth (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016)

Germany.jpgGermany and the Black Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914, with Mischa Honeck and Anne Kuhlmann-Smirnov (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2013/paperback 2013)

Entrustet.jpgwith Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Wilfried Mausbach, and Marianne Zepp, eds., Die Nuklearkrise: Der NATO-Doppelbeschluss und die Friedensbewegung der 1980er Jahre (Paderborn, Schöningh Verlag, 2012).

Establishment.jpgwith Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Joachim Scharloth, and Laura Wong, eds., The Establishment Responds: Power, Protest and Politics since 1945 (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

BetweenPrague.jpgwith Jacco Pekelder and Joachim Scharloth, eds., Between Prague Spring and French May: Opposition and Revolt in Europe, 1960-80 (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2011; paperback 2013).

Changing.jpgwith Belinda Davis, Carla MacDougall and Wilfried Mausbach, eds., Changing the World, Changing Oneself: Political Protest and Intercultural Identities in 1960/70s West Germany and the United States (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010; paperback 2012).

Bulletin.jpgwith Philipp Gassert, eds, 1968: Memories and Legacies of a Global Revolt (Washington, DC: GHI Bulletin Supplement, 2009).

1968.jpgwith Joachim Scharloth, ed., 1968 in Europe: A History of Protest and Activism, 1956-77 (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008,, incl. Teaching and Research Guide.

Handbuch.jpgwith Joachim Scharloth, eds., 1968. Ein Handbuch zur Kultur- und Mediengeschichte (Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, 2007; new edition Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 2008)


with Tibor Frank and Stephen Tuck, “The European Use of the American Past: The Politics of Making U.S. History Relevant,” in: Nicolas Barreyre, Michael Heale, Stephen Tuck, and Cecile Vidal, eds., Historians across Borders: Writing American History in a Global Age (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014), 37-55.

with Mario Del Pero, Tibor Frank, Helle Porsdam, and Stephen Tuck, “American History and European Identity,” in: American Historical Review, vol. 119, 3 (June 2014), 780-790.

“1968: Europe in Technicolour,” in Dan Stone, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 243-261.

“A ‘Serious Concern of U.S. Foreign Policy’: The West German Student Movement and the Western Alliance,” in Belinda Davis, Martin Klimke, Carla MacDougall and Wilfried Mausbach, eds., Changing the World, Changing the Self: Political Protest and Collective Identities in 1960/70s West Germany and the United States (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010), 105-131.

“Revisiting the Revolution: The Sixties in Transnational Cultural Memory," in Ingo Cornils and Sarah Waters, eds., Memories of 1968: International Perspectives (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010), 25-47.

with Joachim Scharloth, “Utopia in Practice: The Discovery of Performativity in Sixties’ Protest, Arts and Sciences,” in “The Utopian Years: 1968 and Beyond. Movement Dynamics and Theoretical Implications,” Special Issue, Historein 9 (2009): 46-56.
“Germany’s 1968 and the Law,” German Law Journal 10, 3 (2009): 261-274.
Entries “America” and “1960s,” in Akira Iriye and Pierre Saunier, eds., The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 2-3; 33-36.
“The African American Civil Rights Struggle and Germany, 1945-1989,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 43 (Fall 2008): 91-106.

Publication Series:

Co-editor of the publication series “Protest, Culture and Society,” 2008-present (Berghahn Books, New York/Oxford,
Co-editor of publication series “Transatlantische Historische Studien,” 2009-2011 (Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart).
Editorial board member of “The Sixties - A Journal of Politics, History and Culture,” 2008-present (Routledge, London/New York).

Current Courses

NYU Abu Dhabi

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Updated on 11/23/2016