Science, Gender, Internationalism

Science, Gender, Internationalism: A Transnational History of Female Academic Networking, 1917-1955

My study considers the history of educational politics and academic cultures in Central Europe, Britain, the United States, France, and other Atlantic nations. My account opens with the emergence of a new, transnational female academic network in 1917. Initially an Anglo-American undertaking supporting the war efforts of the Entente, the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) founded in 1919 in London aimed at bridging the fault lines of the Great War. To achieve sweeping professional and social change, the IFUW brought together what its leadership regarded as a female elite of world citizens, women committed to promoting higher education as a means to international understanding. Founded to erase Imperial Germany's lead in science -- and to abolish Germany's particular appeal to scientifically minded young American women -- in the 1920s the IFUW set out to reconstruct Europe according to a shared vision of scientific rationalism. Equal to the challenges posed by German aggression in two world wars, the IFUW's network collapsed under the weight of the ideological divisions created by the Cold War.

A German version of the book was published by Wallstein (Göttingen) in September 2012. The English version, entitled "Gender, Science, and Internationalism: Women's Academic Networks" (Palgrave Macmillan) followed in 2014.  

  • Strategie Verständigung. Zur transnationalen Vernetzung von Akademikerinnen, 1917-1955, Göttingen (Wallstein) 2012
  • Ausschluss und Aufbruch, transnational: Die Fluchthilfe der akademischen weiblichen Weltgemeinschaft, 1933-1945, in: Claudia Bruns et. al (eds.), Das Geschlecht der Wissenchaften. Zur Geschichte von Akademikerinnen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt/M. 2009, pp. 183-201.
  • Rueckblick aus der Emigration: Die Akademikerinnen Erna Barschak (1888-1958), Susanne Engelmann (1885-1963) und Lucie Adelsberger (1895-1971), in: Angelika Schaser (ed.), Erinnerungskartelle. Zur Konstruktion von Biografien nach 1945, Bochum (Winkler) 2003, pp. 169-195.
  • Networks of an Academic World Community: The Exodus of German-Speaking Women Scientists and the Refugee Aid Program of the American Association of University Women, in: German Historical Institute Bulletin Nr. 27, Fall 2000, pp. 121-138.