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Edith Sheffer

Edith Sheffer, PhD

Assistant Professor of History
Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of German Studies
Affiliated faculty at The Europe Center

Department of History
Stanford University

Research Interests

Modern Europe and Germany, social and cultural history of the twentieth century.


Edith Sheffer came to Stanford as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities in 2008 and joined the History Department faculty in 2010.  She is completing a book that challenges the conventional history of the Iron Curtain -- suggesting how the physical barrier between East and West Germany was not simply imposed by Cold War superpowers, but was an outgrowth of anxious postwar society on both sides.  Her future research will also examine the intersection of public events and private choices, from Germans’ “zero Hour” diaries in 1945 to the development and dissemination of corporate cultures.  Research and teaching interests span modern Europe and Germany, especially the social and cultural history of the twentieth century.

Stanford Affiliations