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M. Mazón, Associate Professor
office: 584 Park
phone: (716) 645-8429
Education: B.A., Rice University, 1988; M.A,. Stanford, 1991; Ph.D.,
Courses Regularly Taught:
HIS 299: The Holocaust and History
HIS 346: Nineteenth-Century Europe: The Birth of Modern Europe,
HIS 315: German Culture and Society, 1790 to the Present
HIS 388: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Europe, 1789 to the Present
HIS 4XX: Autobiography and European Women in the 20th Century
HIS 475: The Great War, 1914-1918: Europe and the Crisis of Modernity
HIS 580: Modern European Graduate Core
HIS 546/571: Readings in Modern German History
HIS 596: Topics in Modern European Gender History
Field(s): Modern Europe
Hub(s): Knowledge, Culture & Society, Gender, Politics
Research Interests: Culture and politics of modern Germany; higher education;
Current Research: My next project is entitled "Gender,
Public Life, and National Discourse in the Postwar Germanies, 1945-2005."
This work considers the relationship between gender and the
public sphere as it evolved in both the East German and West German
states. In many ways, German women in 1945
were poised to play a more prominent role in public life than in
the past. The Nazis had tried to push women, newly enfranchised
in 1918, out of the public sphere as a reaction to the social upheaval
and experimentation that had characterized the Weimar period.
After World War II, the two German states that emerged each
sought to differentiate itself from the Nazi regime. Interestingly
each state also saw itself as subscribing to a (different) part
of the larger Enlightenment project. The expectation in both
East and West after the war was that women would now play a role,
albeit limited, in public life. This was, however, only partially
realized in each state. This project seeks to explore the
opportunities and barriers to women in public life over the postwar
decades, in particular as exemplified in the lives of Marion Dönhoff,
Hilde Benjamin, Alice Schwarzer, and Angela Merkel.
Gender and the Modern Research University: The Admission of Women
to German Higher Education, 1865-1914. Stanford University Press,
Editor, with Reinhild Steingröver, Not So Plain As Black and White: Afro-German History and Culture,
1890-2000. University of Rochester Press, 2005.
"Fräulein Doktor: Literary Images of the First Female
University Students in Fin-de-Siècle Germany." Women
in German Yearbook 16 (2000), 129-150.
"Germania Triumphant: The Niederwald National Monument and
the Liberal Moment in Imperial Germany." German History 18:2
"Die Auswahl der 'besseren Elementen.' Ausländische und
jüdische Studentinnen und die Zulassung der Frauen zu den deutschen
Universitäten 1890-1909." Jahrbuch für Universitätsgeschichte
5 (2002), 185-198.
Affiliations and Other notes:
Co-director, Graduate Group for German and Austrian Studies.
Campus liaison, Council for European Studies, Columbia University.
Monday, October 20, 2008