Karen Hagemann


is James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published widely in Modern German,  European and Trans-atlantic history, women and gender history and military history. Her past research includes studies in the fields of welfare state, social and population policy, labor history, family history and the history of everyday lives, as well as the history of the women’s movement. Newer studies are focusing on the history of the military, war and gender, the history of nations and nationalism, the history of masculinity and citizenship, gender and civil society as well as the gendered construction of collective memories.

Recently her new book Gendering Post-1945 German History: Entanglements that she co-edited with Donna Harsch, and Friederike Brühöfener and published with Berghahn Books came out. This groundbreaking collection synthesizes the perspectives of entangled history and gender studies, bringing together established as well as upcoming scholars to investigate the ways in which East and West German gender relations were culturally, socially, and politically intertwined.

Her digital humanities project GWonline, the Bibliography, Filmography and Webography on Gender and War since 1600,” is  open for the public since April 2017 and reached since then  nearly 87,000 users. It is related to the Oxford Handbook of Gender and War since 1600 (editors Karen Hagemann, Stefan Dudink and Sonya Rose) to be published by Oxford University Press in 2019. See also the GWonline Facebook site

The Palgrave Macmillan Series on “War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850,” edited by Rafe Blaufarb (University of Florida), Alan Forrest (University of York), and Karen Hagemann (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), which was  started in the fall of 2008,  celebrated the publication of forty volumes in the fall of 2018.  The series aims to develop a multi disciplinary approach to the analysis of the military and war by combining political, social, cultural, art and gender history with  military history. It wants to extend the scope of traditional histories of the period by discussing war and revolution across the Atlantic as well as within Europe, thereby contributing to a new global history of conflict in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Recently it was named by David Bell (Princeton University)  the “best series on the history of the French Revolutionary and  Napoleonic Wars.”

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