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Christine Fojtik

Title:Assistant Professor
Office:Warde Academic Center
Phone:773-298-3241
Email:fojtik@sxu.edu
Department: History & Political Science

Biography

Professor Fojtik received her Ph.D. in Modern Europe and Women's and Gender History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. Before coming to SXU, she taught at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and at DePaul University. Her work has focused most recently on how postwar deprivation forced Germans to reconsider their place in a Cold War international order. Specifically, she is interested in the way that tensions between urban consumers and rural producers, as well as a loss of agricultural self-sufficiency, led to a reconsideration of Heimat and a reconstitution of national identities.

She is interested in using the tools of the digital humanities to deepen historical understanding and promote public access to historical research. She is coordinator of social science secondary education and the digital humanities minor.

In addition to her responsibilities at SXU, she serves as the new books editor of H-German, an online community for scholars of German history, literature, and culture.


Education

Ph.D. in Modern Europe and Women's and Gender History

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Specialization

  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Eastern Europe and Russia
  • Women and Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Digital Humanities

Courses Taught

  • HIST 101: World History to 1500
  • HIST 102: World History since 1500
  • HIST 201: Introduction to the Digital Humanities
  • HIST 208: Europe since 1789
  • HIST 211: Women in Modern Europe
  • HIST 213: History of Modern Germany
  • HIST 215: History of Modern Russia
  • HIST 249: History of the Holocaust
  • HIST 251: Topics in European History (Refugees and Forced Migration in the Modern World)
  • HIST 348: "Deviant" Sexuality in the Western World
  • HIST 395: Senior Seminar
  • HONORS 320: Science and Social Justice

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Fellow, Holocaust Education Foundation, Northwestern University, 2016
  • Graduate Student Exchange Program Fellowship, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universit√§t, 2008-2009
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Early Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
  • Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, 2003

Presentations/Publications/Productions

"Growing the Future: the Debate Over Agricultural Reconstruction in the Western Zones of Occupied Germany, 1945-1950," Agricultural History (forthcoming). 

"The Productive Heimat: Territorial Loss and Rurality in German Identity at the Stunde Null," Food, Culture and Identity in Germany's Century of War, eds. Heather Benbow and Heather Perry (Palgrave, 2019).