Prof. Dr. Heike BungertBungert
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Department of History
Fürstenberghaus, room 122 (second floor)
48143 Münster

Tel.: + 49 (0) 251 / 83-24333
Prof. Dr. Heike Bungert

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Maren Thölking, room 123
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Chair for Modern and Contemporary History/North American History

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2004 University of Cologne
Habilitation; book manuscript entitled “Feste und das ethnische Gedächtnis: Die Festkultur der Deutschamerikaner im Spannungsfeld zwischen deutscher und amerikanischer Identität, 1848-1914“ (Festivals and Ethnic Memory: The Festive Culture of German-Americans between a German and an American Identity, 1848-1914)
1995 Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen
Dr. phil.; Dissertation, “The Western Allies and the Free Germany Committees, 1943–1955” under the direction of Profs. Jürgen Heideking (†) and Anselm Doering-Manteuffel (Grade: Dissertation Magna cum laude, Oral Exam Summa Cum Laude)
1990 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Master of Arts in History; Thesis, “American-French Relations and the Fusion of the Three Western Zones of Germany, 1945–49” under the direction of Profs. Gerhard L. Weinberg, William E. Leuchtenburg, and Don Reid (Grade: Excellent)
1986-1990 Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and University of Regensburg
Studies in History, British/American and French Literature, B.A./Zwischenprüfung

Academic Career

2009 Offer of full professorship for the History of Great Britain and North America (18th – 20th century), University of Kassel; declined
2008- Professorship, since 2010 Chair for Modern and Contemporary History/North American History
2007-2008 Heisenberg scholarship, University of Cologne
2004-2006 Substitute Professor (Vertretungsprofessorin) for North American Social History at the University of Bremen and for Modern History at the University of Bremen
2000-2004 Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin), Institute of Anglo-American History, University of Cologne
1998-2000 Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; Max Kade Institute of German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
1997-1998 Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin), Institute of Anglo-American History, University of Cologne
1992-1997 Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Institute of Anglo-American History, University of Cologne
1991-1992 Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Institute for Contemporary History/Chair for North American History, University of Tübingen

Grants, Scholarships, and Prizes

2007 Heisenberg Professorship, German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG (2/2008-12/2011)
2005 Heisenberg Grant, DFG (1/2007-1/2008)
Jan. 2003 Travel Grant, DFG
1998-2000 Research Grant, DFG
1997 Research Grant, John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin
1996 (Apr.) Travel Grant, DFG
1995 Stuart L. Bernath Article Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
1994 (Jan.) Travel Grant, German Marshall Fund
1992 (Aug-Okt.) Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD)
1992 (März-Juli) Scholarship, German Historical Institute Washington
1991 Research Award, Friends of the University of Tübingen (Vereinigung der Freunde der Universität Tübingen)
1990 Mowry Research Award Grant University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1988-1989 Scholarship, DAAD
1986-1988, 1989-1991 Scholarship, Bavarian Organization for the Advancement of Gifted Students (Bayerische Begabtenförderung)

Research Projects and Third-Party Funding

2012-2017 Head of research project C2-3 "The Transcendental Creation of Community in a Multi-Religious Society: The U.S. from 1945 to 2005" in the Cluster of Excellence 212 „Religion and Politics in Premodern and Modern Cultures"
2009-2011 Head of research project B12 „Religion and ‚Civil Religion’ in U.S. Patriotic Holiday, 1945-1990/92“ in the Cluster of Excellence 212 „Religion and Politics in Premodern and Modern Cultures", funded by the DFG
2009-2011 Head of research project C9 „Symbolic Communication and Social Values Werte in Panindian Movements “ in the Collaborative Research Center 496 „Symbolic Communication and Social Value Systems", funded by the DFG
2004-2008 Member of the network „The Futures of (European) American Studies“, funded by the DFG
2000-2001 Head of TransCoop project „The German Experience with the Land in Wisconsin“, University of Cologne, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Academic Functions and Positions

2014-16 Executive Director of the Department of History
2014- Deputy member of the Rectorate Committee on Research Matters
2013- Member of the Library Commission of the WWU
2012-2016 Member of the Board of the Center for Religion and Modernity
2012- (Deputy) Member of the Faculty Council
2012-2015 (Deputy) Member of the Faculty Commission for Evaluation and Student Course Review
2012-2015 Deputy Chairperson of the Faculty Commission for Research, Research Funding and Junior Scientific Staff
2012-14 Member of the Rectorate Committee for Internationalization
2012/13 Deputy Chairperson of the Evaluation Commission of the GHI Washington
2010-2014 Chairperson of the working group of Non-European History (Arbeitskreis Außereuropäische Geschichte)
2009- Fulbright liaison professor, University of Munster
2009-2014 Reader for Amerikastudien/American Studies
2008-2013 Chairperson of the committee for the prize of The German Association for American Studies (GAAS) of the Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen (Foundation German-American Academic Relations) in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
2007-2008 Member of the subcommittee „Ranking and Evaluation“ of the German Historical Association (Historikerverband, VHHD)
2006-2014 Member of the Board of Directors of the Working Group for Non-European History within the VHHD
2006- Advisory Board Member H-GAGCS/H-TGS (H-Net Discussion List on German-American and German-Canadian Studies/H-Net Discussion List on Transnational German Studies)
2006-2008 Member of the selection committee of the Ebeling Fellowship
2005-2013 Member of the Board of Directors, German Association for American Studies
2003- Reviewer for journals, book series, research organizations
2001-2003 Member of the Committee on Structural Development, School of Humanities (Philosophische Fakultät), University of Cologne
2000-2002 Deputy Spokesperson for the assistant professors of history (akademischer Mittelbau), University of Cologne
2000- Member of various (partly external) appointments committees
1995-2004 Member of selection committees for studying abroad and of search committees at the University of Cologne

Publications

1. Books:

  • Bungert, Heike/Weiß, Jana (Eds.), "God Bless America": Zivilreligion in den USA im 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, 2017.
  • Bungert, Heike/Lerg, Charlotte (Eds.), Jahrbuch für Universitätsgeschichte 18 (2015). Themenschwerpunkt: Transnationale Universitätsgeschichte. Stuttgart: Steiner, 2017.
  • Bungert, Heike, Festkultur und Gedächtnis: Die Konstruktion einer deutschamerikanischen Ethnizität, 1848-1914 (Studien zur Historischen Migrationsforschung  Band 32). Paderborn: Schöningh, 2016.
  • Bungert, Heike/Kluge, Cora Lee/Ostergren, Robert C. (Eds.), Wisconsin German Land and Life. Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute, 2006.
  • Bungert, Heike/Heitmann, Jan/Wala, Michael (Eds.), Secret Intelligence in the Twentieth Century. London: Cass, 2003.
  • Jürgen Heideking, Verfassung – Demokratie – Politische Kultur: U.S.-amerikanische Geschichte in transatlantischer Perspektive (Constitution, Democracy, Political Culture: U.S. History in Transatlantic Perspective). Ed. and selected by Heike Bungert/Marc Frey/Christof Mauch. Trier: wvt, 2002.
  • Das Nationalkomitee und der Westen: Das NKFD und die Freien Deutschen Bewegungen aus der Sicht der Westalliierten, 1943–1948 (The National Committee for a Free Germany and the West: The NCFG and the Free German Movements as Seen by the Western Allies, 1943–1948). Stuttgart: Steiner, 1997.

2. Journal Articles:

  • “The Singing Festivals of German Americans, 1849–1914”, in: American Music 34/2. S. 141-179.
  • "Transnationale Universitätsgeschichte", with Charlotte Lerg, in: Jahrbuch für Universitätsgeschichte 18 (2015), S. 35-49.
  • „Migration und Internationale Beziehungen im Kaiserreich: Wilhelm II., das Auswärtige Amt und ihr Interesse an den Deutschamerikanern.“ ("Migration and international relations in the empire: Wilhelm II, the Foreign Office and their interest in German Americans") In: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 63.5 (2015), S. 413-434.
  • „Deutschamerikanische Sängerfeste und Lieder als Medium der Ethnizitätsbildung, 1849-1914.“ ("German-American Singing Festivals and Songs as a Medium of Ethnicity-Building, 1849-1914") In: Lied und populäre Kultur/Song and Popular Culture 55 (2010): 41-76.
  • Bungert, Heike/Weiß, Jana, „Die Debatte um ‚Zivilreligion’ in transnationaler Perspektive.“ ("The debate on 'civil religion' in a transnational perspective") In: Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History 7 (2010), S. 454-459.
  • „Globaler Informationsaustausch und globale Zusammenarbeit: Die International Association of Universities, 1950-1968.“ ("Global Exchange of Information and Global Cooperation: The International Association of Universities, 1950-1968") In: Jahrbuch für Universitätsgeschichte 13 (2010): 177-191.
  • "Two Times ’Geronimo’: Changes in the Representation of Native American History in Film." In: Oliver Scheiding, Ed., Thematic issue "’Reel Histories’: US History in Film", Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 53.3 (2005): 257-272.
  • "’Feast of Fools’: German-American Carnival in the United States, 1854-1914." In: Amerikastudien/American Studies 48.3 (2003): 325-344.
  • “Deutsche Emigranten im amerikanischen Kalkül: Die Regierung in Washington, Thomas Mann und die Gründung eines Emigrantenkomitees 1943.” (“German Emigrés in American Planning: The Administration in Washington, Thomas Mann, and the Founding of an Emigré Committee in 1943“) In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 46 (1998), 253–68.
  • “The OSS and Its Cooperation with the Free Germany Committees, 1944–1945.” In: Intelligence and National Security 12.3 (July 1997): 130–44.
  • “GLORY and the Experience of African American Soldiers in the Civil War: An Attempt at Historical Film Analysis.” In: Amerikastudien/American Studies 40.2 (Summer 1995): 271–82.
  • "A New Perspective on French-American Relations during the Occupation of Germany, 1945-1948: Behind-the-Scenes Diplomatic Bargaining and the Zonal Merger.“ In: Diplomatic History 18.3 (1994): 333-352.

3. Articles in Edited Volumes:

  • "Zivilreligion in Jubiläen der US-amerikanischen Geschichte, 1957-1971“, in: Heike Bungert/Jana Weiß (Eds.), „God Bless America“: Zivilreligion in den USA im 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, 2017, S. 37-77.
  • "German Americans and their Efforts to Bring ‘Cultur’ to the United States, 1848-1914”, in: Jürgen Overhoff/Anne Overbeck (Eds.), New Perspectives on German-American Educational History: Topics, Trends, Fields of Research. Bad Heilbrunn: Klinkhardt, 2016, S. 63-82.
  • „Inklusion und Exklusion, „Fest“ und „Feier“: Deutschamerikanische Sängerfeste, 1848-1914“, in: Sabine Mecking/Yvonne Wasserloos (Eds.), Zwischen Inklusion und Exklusion: „Deutsche“ Musik in Europa und Nordamerika, 1848-1945. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2015, S. 65-94.
  • „Ein Fest der Zivilreligion: Amtseinführungen US-amerikanischer Präsidenten“, in: Helene Basu/Gerd Althoff (Eds.), Rituale der Amtseinsetzung: Inaugurationen in verschiedenen Epochen, Kulturen, politischen Systemen und Religionen. Würzburg: Ergon, 2015, S. 187-232.
  • "Native Americans", in: Christof Mauch/Rüdiger Wersich (Eds.), USA-Lexikon. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2013, S. 763-774.
  • „Global Comments: Transnational Views of Pocahontas and Early White-Native American Interactions in ‘The New World’”, in: Karsten Fitz (Ed.), Visual Representations of Native Americans: Transnational Contexts and Perspectives. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012, S. 211-236.
  • „Nationale Bildungssysteme: USA”, in: Michael Maaser/Gerrit Walther (Eds.), Bildung: Ziele und Formen, Traditionen und Systeme, Medien und Akteure. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2011, S. 436-444.
  • Heike Bungert/Simon Wendt, „Transnationalizing American Studies: Historians’ Perspectives.“ In: Birte Christ et al. (Ed.), American Studies/Shifting Gears: A Publication of the DFG Research Network “The Futures of (European) American Studies”. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010, pp. 89-116.
  • „Europäische Migration nach Nordamerika im 19. Jahrhundert.“ (“European Migration towards North America in the 19th century”) In: Thomas Fischer/Daniel Gossel (Eds.), Migration in internationaler Perspektive. Munich: alliteraverlag, 2009, pp. 61-98.
  • „Memory and Migration Studies.“ In: Sabine Schindler/Hans-Jürgen Grabbe (Eds.), The Merits of Memory: Concepts, Contexts, Debates. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008, pp. 197-219
  • „Deutschamerikanische Ethnizitätsbildungsprozesse in San Antonio und San Francisco, 1848-1914.“ (“Processes of Constructing Ethnicity in German-American Communities in San Antonio and San Francisco”) In: Josef Raab/Jan Wirrer (Eds.), Die deutsche Präsenz in den USA/The German Presence in the U.S.A. Berlin: Lit, 2008, pp. 57-94.
  • „Fighting American ‘Muckerism’: German-American Festivals and their Impact on American Cultural Life, 1854-1914”, in: Sabine Heerwart/Claudia Schnurmann (Eds.), Atlantic Migrations: Regions and Movements in Germany and North America/USA during the 18th and 19th Centuries. Münster: LIT, 2007, S. 183-208.
  • “Der Deutsch-Französische Krieg im Spiegel der Wohltätigkeitsbazare und Feiern deutscher und französischer Migranten in den USA, 1870/71.” („The Franco-Prussian War as Reflected in Charity Bazars and Festivals of German and French Migrants in the U.S.A., 1870/71“) In: Chantal Metzger/Hartmut Kaelble (Eds.), Deutschland – Frankreich – Nordamerika: Transfers, Imaginationen, Beziehungen. Stuttgart: Steiner, 2006, pp. 152-170.
  • „Regional Diversity in Celebrating Regional Origin: German-American ‘Volksfeste’, 1870-1920.“ In: Lothar Hönnighausen et al. (Ed.) Regionalism in the Age of Globalism. Vol. 2: Forms of Regionalism. Madison, WI: CSUMC, 2005, pp. 93-115.
  • „From Celebrating the Old to Celebrating the New: The Formation of a German-American Identity, 1859-1914.“ In: Udo Hebel (Ed.), Sites of Memory in American Literature and Cultures. Heidelberg: Winter, 2003, pp. 193-212.
  • “Demonstrating the Values of ‘Gemütlichkeit’ and ‘Culture’: The Festivals of German-Americans in Milwaukee, 1870–1910.” In: Geneviève Fabre/Jürgen Heideking/Kai Dreisbach (Eds.), Celebrating Ethnicity and Nation: American Festive Culture from the Revolution to the Early Twentieth Century. New York: Berghahn, 2001, pp. 175–193.
  • “Edith Bolling Wilson: die erste Präsidentin der Vereinigten Staaten?” (“Edith Bolling Wilson: The First Female President of the United States?”) In: Philipp Gassert/Christof Mauch (Eds.), Die First Ladies. Stuttgart: dva, 2000, pp. 111–120. (Translated into Czech 2001).
  • “Nationalkomitee und 'Paulus-Armee': Amerikanische Sorgen anläßlich der Repatriierung deutscher Kriegsgefangener aus der UdSSR, 1945–1955.” (“National Committee and “Paulus Army”: American Worries Regarding the Repatriation of German Prisoners of War from the USSR, 1945–1955”) In: Günter Bischof/Rüdiger Overmans (Eds.), Kriegsgefangenschaft im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Eine vergleichende Perspektive. Ternitz-Pottschach: Verlag Gerhard Höller, 1999, pp. 265–279.
  • “'Possible Dynamite': Ebauche d'une coopération partielle des Etats-Unis et de la France avec les communistes allemands, 1943–1945.” (“'Possible Dynamite': Attempts at a Partial Cooperation of the United States and France with the German Communists, 1943–1945”) In: Centre d'Etudes Historiques de la Défense (Ed.), Il n'est point de secret que le temps ne révèle: Etudes sur l'histoire du renseignement. Paris: Editions Charles Lavauzelle, 1998, pp. 167–184.
  • “'Den deutschen Widerstandswillen brechen': Anglo-amerikanische Pläne zur Gründung eines deutschen Komitees als Antwort auf das NKFD.” (“To Break the German Will to Resist: Anglo-American Planning for a Counter-Committee to the National Committee for a Free Germany“) In: Gerd R. Ueberschär (Ed.), Das Nationalkomitee Freies Deutschland und der Bund Deutscher Offiziere. Frankfurt: Fischer, 1996, pp. 52–63.
  • Also in Russian: 'Slomitj wolju njemtsew k soprotiwleniju': Anglo-amerikanskije planij sozdanija njemetskowo komitjeta kak otwetnaja mera na obrazowanije NKSG”. In: Gerd R. Ueberschär (Ed.), Natsionalnij komitjet 'Cwabodnaja Germanija' i Cojuz Njemetskich Ofitsjerow. Krasnogorsk: Memorialnij Muzei Njemetskich Antifaschistow, 1996, 46–56.
  • “James Buchanan (1857–1861): Südstaatenfreundlicher Legalist in der Krise der Union.” (“James Buchanan: A Legalist, Friendly to the South, during the Crisis of the Union“) In: Jürgen Heideking (Ed.), Die amerikanischen Präsidenten. Munich: Beck, 1995, pp. 170–175. (Translated into several languages, 5th enlarged edition)
  • “Ein meisterhafter Schachzug: Das Nationalkomitee Freies Deutschland in der Beurteilung der Amerikaner, 1943–1945.” (“A Masterful Stroke: The National Committee for a Free Germany as Seen by the Americans, 1943–1945“) In: Jürgen Heideking (Ed.), Geheimdienstkrieg gegen Deutschland: Subversion, Propaganda und politische Planungen des amerikanischen Geheimdienstes im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1993, pp. 90–121.

4. Forthcoming:

5. Reviews in:

  • American Historical Review
  • Amerikastudien/American Studies
  • German Studies Review
  • H-German
  • H-Soz-u-Kult
  • Historische Zeitschrift
  • Journal of American History
  • Journal of the Early Republic
  • Militärgeschichtliche Mitteilungen
  • Neue Politische Literatur
  • Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte