Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

Deputy Director | German Historical Institute

Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson joined the GHI as Deputy Director in October 2011. She studied at the University of California at Davis and at the Universities of Münster and Munich, where she earned her doctorate. She has taught American history at the University of Munich from 1994 to 2011 and has been a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at numerous European and American universities. Her main research interests are African American Studies, Transatlantic Relations, Gender, and American Religious History. Among her publications are From Protest to Politics: Schwarze Frauen in der Bürgerrechtsbewegung und im Kongress der Vereinigten Staaten (1998); Europe and America: Cultures in Translation (2006); Gegenspieler: Martin Luther King & Malcolm X (2000, 6th ed. 2010); Christian Science im Lande Luthers: Eine amerikanische Religionsgemeinschaft in Deutschland, 1894-2009 (2009); and Dreams and Nightmares: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and the Struggle for Black Equality in America (2011). She is a member of the advisory board of the German Association of American Studies.