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Dr. Teresa Walch

Dr. Teresa Walch

Contact Information

Email: tmwalch@uncg.edu
Office: 2117 MHRA
Office Phone: 336-334-5992


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2018
M.A., University of California, San Diego, 2015
B.A., College of Saint Benedict, 2010

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2020–
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, 2019–2020
Postdoctoral Fellow, Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2018–2019

Research Interests

  • modern Europe
  • modern Germany
  • the Holocaust
  • urban history
  • space and place

Current Project

My current research examines the politics of space and place in modern Germany. My present book manuscript, Degenerate Spaces: The Coordination of Space in Nazi Germany, investigates the relationship between Nazi ideology and spatial practices between 1933-1945. I argue that Nazism itself should be understood as a spatial project to make Germany judenrein and that antisemitic notions of a Germany infected by Jews immediately and forcefully inspired efforts to "cleanse" spaces of Jews and Jewish influences, instigating property confiscations and vandalization, urban renewal projects, and segregation policies.

Courses Taught

  • HIS 223: European Revolutions, 1789-1989
  • HIS 392: The Holocaust: History & Meaning
  • HIS 510: Historiography

Selected Publications

  • "With an Iron Broom: Cleansing Berlin's Bülowplatz of 'Judeo-Bolshevism,' 1933–1936," forthcoming in German History 40, no. 1 (2022).
  • "Kampf um Raum: The Raumwirtschaft & Spatial Hierarchies in the Theresienstadt Ghetto," forthcoming in Filmfragmente und Zeitzeugenberichte: Mythos und Soziologie des Ghettos und Durchgangslagers Theresienstadt, ed. Hans-Georg Soeffner, Marija Stanisavljevic, and Lara Pellner (Wiesbaden: Springer VS, expected 2021).
  • "Just West of East: The Paradoxical Place of the Theresienstadt Ghetto in Policy and Perception," Naharaim: Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History 14, no. 2 (December 2020): 243-264
  • "Ordinary Places: Reflections on Holocaust Topographies," Environmental History Now (August 2020).
  • "Navigating Shifting Terrain: Experiences of German Jews in the Nazi Public Sphere," in Yad Vashem’s בשביל הזיכרון (On Memory's Path) 34, special issue on "Aspects of Space during the Holocaust" (December 2019), in Hebrew.
  • Other publications listed on Vitae.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies, 2017
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Germany, 2015–16
  • DAAD German Studies Research Grant, 2014
  • Other awards listed on Vitae.

Links of Interest

Curriculum Vitae

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