Katharine White

Katharine White

Katharine White is completing her Ph.D. in modern German history under the supervision of Andrew Zimmerman. She received her B.A. in history with an Italian minor from Boston University and her M.A. in history from McGill University. Her research interests include the history of modern Germany from a transnational perspective, international youth culture during what has become known as the “long 1960s,” and the cultural and spatial geographies of the Cold War. Katharine has TAed for courses in world history, European history, and U.S. diplomatic history at GWU and previously taught a course on twentieth century world history at Lesley University. In 2015, Katharine received the Charles Herber teaching prize from the GWU History Department for her role as a TA.

Katharine’s dissertation focuses on East German youth culture from the 1970s through the 1990s, beginning with the World Festival of Youth and Students that took place in East Berlin in 1973. In examining this festival and other transcultural exchanges that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, her project underscores how East German youth developed ties to an international youth culture that defied the North-South and East-West demarcations of the Cold War. Her doctoral research has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Historical Institute (GHI), a Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant (from the AHA), the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at GWU, as well as other internal grants.