Martin A. Klimke
Associate Professor of History
University of Heidelberg, PhD, 2005
Downtown Campus, S-216
Field of Study:
Areas of Research/Interest:
U.S. and the World; U.S. Foreign Affairs & Transatlantic Relations; Cold War; Activism, Dissent and Protest Movements; Transnational History
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
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 (www.aacvr-germany.org) and Nuclear Crisis: Cold War Cultures and the Politics of Peace and Security, 1975-1990 (www.nuclearcrisis.org). His courses include: A World Transformed?: The Global "Sixties" (Arts & Humanities Coll.); The Global Cold War (History Elective); U.S. History in Transnational and Global Perspective 1: America and the World - until 1898 (History Elective); U.S. History in Transnational and Global Perspective 2: America and the World until 1898 (History Elective); Morning in America: Ronald Reagan, the Nuclear Crisis, and the Cold War of the 1980s (Graduate Seminar); The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and the U.S. Military in the 20th Century (Independent Studies); The Cold War of the 1980s (Directed Study); Peace (Core Course)
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
with Maria Höhn, A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, www.breathoffreedom.org)
The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany & the United States in the Global Sixties (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010 / paperback 2011, www.otheralliance.com)
with Reinhild Kreis and Christian Ostermann, eds., "Trust, but Verify": The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969-1991, (in preparation)
with Eckart Conze and Jeremy Varon, eds., Accidental Armageddons: The Nuclear Crisis and the Culture of the Cold War in the 1980s, (forthcoming).
with 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).
with Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Joachim Scharloth, and Laura Wong, eds., The Establishment Responds: Power, Protest and Politics since 1945 (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
with 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).
with 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).
with Philipp Gassert, eds, 1968: Memories and Legacies of a Global Revolt (Washington, DC: GHI Bulletin Supplement, 2009).
with Joachim Scharloth, ed., 1968 in Europe: A History of Protest and Activism, 1956-77 (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, www.1968ineurope.com), incl. Teaching and Research Guide.
with 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.
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).
NYU Abu Dhabi
- A World Transformed?: The Global "Sixties"
- US History in Transnational and Global Perspective I: America and the World until 1898
- US History in Transnational and Global Perspective II: America and the World since 1898
- The Global Cold War
- The Cold War of the 1980s (Directed Study)
NYU New York
- Morning in America: Ronald Reagan, the Nuclear Crisis, and the Cold War of the 1980s (Graduate Seminar, NYU-NY: Fall 2012, Research Guide)
- The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and the US Military in the 20th Century (Independent Studies, NYU-NY: Fall 2012)
- A Breath of Freedom? Transatlantic Relations, African American GIs and Military Families since World War II
(Independent Studies, NYU-NY: Spring 2013)
- Race, Sex and Gender in 20th Century Military History
(Independent Studies, NYU-NY: Spring 2013)