Jun.-Prof. Dr. Simon Wendt


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Simon Wendt
Grüneburgplatz 1
Raum 4.217
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 069/798-32368
Fax: 069/798-32359


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2004   Ph.D. in Modern History, Free University of Berlin
2000   M.A. in Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison



2010-present   Assistant Professor ("Juniorprofessor"), University of Frankfurt, Department of American Studies
2008-2010   Research Group Leader, University of Heidelberg, Transcultural Studies Program
2005-2008   Assistant Professor, University of Heidelberg, Department of History
2005   Assistant Professor, University of Bonn, English Department/North American Studies
2004   Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Afro-American Studies
2003-2004   Instructor/Lecturer, Free University of Berlin, John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Department of History


Honors and Awards

  Ab Herbst 2012 Fellow am Historischen Kolleg in München
German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
2008   Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library Research Support Grant
2008   Jolanta and Soheyl Ghaemian Travel Grant
2007   John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies Research Fellowship
2006   German Research Council (DFG) Travel Grant
2004   President’s Memorial Award of the Louisiana Historical Association
For the best article of the year in Louisiana History
2004   Leucorea Foundation Research Fellowship
2003-2004   Foundation for the Support of Scholarship and Culture, City of Hamburg – Dissertation Fellowship
2001-2003   State of Berlin – Support of Junior Scholars Program (Nafoeg) – Dissertation Fellowship
2002   German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.) Dissertation-Research Fellowship
2002   German Academic Exchange Service Travel-Research Grant
2001   "Memphis State Eight" Paper Prize.
Selected as one of the three outstanding papers at the Third Annual Graduate Conference in African American History, Memphis, Tennessee.
2001   Nafoeg Travel-Research Grant
1998-1999   University of Wisconsin WARF Fellowship
1998-1999   German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship


Research and teaching interests

Modern U.S. History

African American History

Gender History

History and Memory


Heroism and Hero-worship


Current Research Projects 

Gender, Memory, and Nation: A History of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Radical Nationalism and Gender in the United States, Germany, and Japan, 1890-1945
(Transcultural Studies Research Group, funded by the German Government's Initiative for Excellence)

Heroism and Hero-Worship in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Jazz Age




Ed. (with Michael Butter and Patrick Keller). Arnold Schwarzenegger: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Body and Image. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.

Ed. (with Manfred Berg). Racism in the Modern World: Historical Perspectives on Cultural Transfer and Adaptation. New York: Berghahn, 2011.

The Spirit and the Shotgun: Armed Resistance and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.


Journal Articles 

"Transnational Perspectives on the History of Racism in North America." Amerikastudien/American Studies 54, no. 3 (2009): 473-98.

"Protection or Path toward Revolution? Black Power and Self-Defense." Souls 9, no. 4 (October-December 2007): 320-32.

"'They Finally Found Out that We Really Are Men': Violence, Non-Violence and Black Manhood in the Civil Rights Era," Gender & History 19, no. 3 (November 2007): 543-64. 

"God, Gandhi, and Guns: The African American Freedom Struggle in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1964-1965." Journal of African American History 89, no. 1 (Winter 2004): 36-56.

"'Urge People Not to Carry Guns': Armed Self-Defense in the Louisiana Civil Rights Movement and the Radicalization of the Congress of Racial Equality." Louisiana History 45, no. 3 (Summer 2004): 261-86.

"Southern Intellectuals and the Defense of Slavery: The Proslavery Thought of George Fitzhugh and Henry Hughes." Southern Historian 23 (Spring 2002): 56-70.

Book Chapters

"Bodybuilding, Male Bodies, and Masculinity in 19th and 20th Century America: Eugen Sandow and Arnold Schwarzenegger." In Arnold Schwarzenegger: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Body and Image,  edited by Michael Butter, Patrick Keller und Simon Wendt, 25-48. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.

"Transnationalizing American Studies: Historians' Perspectives," (with Heike Bungert). In American Studies/Shifting Gears, edited by Birte Christ, Christian Kloeckner, Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche, and Michael Butter, 89-116. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010. 

""We Were Going to Fight Fire with Fire": Black Power in the South." In Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level, edited by Peniel Joseph, 131-47. New York: Palgrave, 2010. 

"Martin Luther Kings Philosophie der Gewaltfreiheit – Prinzip oder Methode? Pazifismus, gewaltloser Protest und bewaffneter Widerstand in der Bürgerrechtsbewegung." In Martin Luther King, Jr.: Leben, Werk und Vermächtnis, edited by Michael Haspel and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, 35-54. Weimar: Wartburg Verlag, 2008.

"Massenmedien und die Bedeutung von Helden und Stars in den USA (1890-1929)." In Medien und Imagepolitik im 20. Jahrhundert: Deutschland, Europa, USA, edited by Daniela Münkel and Lu Seegers, 187-205.  Frankfurt: Campus, 2008. 

"Krieg und Heldentum in den USA: Die Heroisierung amerikanischer Soldaten vom Ende des Bürgerkriegs bis zum spanisch-amerikanischen Krieg." In Krieg. Vergleichende Perspektiven aus Kunst, Musik und Geschichte, edited by Cord Arendes and Jörg Peltzer, 115-32. Heidelberg: Winter, 2007. 

"Gewalt und Männlichkeit in der Black Power Bewegung." In Väter, Soldaten, Liebhaber: Männer und Männlichkeiten in der Geschichte Nordamerikas, edited by Jürgen Martschukat and Olaf Stieglitz, 355-69. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2007. 

"African Americans and Criminal Justice in the American South: The Convict Lease System, 1868-1928." In Criminal Justice in Germany and the United States, edited by Manfred Berg, Stefan Kapsch, and Franz Streng, 19-28. Heidelberg: Winter, 2006.

"The Roots of Black Power? Armed Resistance and the Radicalization of the Civil Rights Movement." In The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era, edited by Peniel E. Joseph, 145-65. New York: Routledge, 2006. 

Encyclopedia Articles

"Black Self-Defense;" "Deacons for Defense and Justice;" "Williams, Robert F." In Encyclopedia of African American History, edited by Leslie Alexander and Walter Rucker, 665-67, 732-33, 1104-05. Santa Barbara: ABL-CLIO, 2010. 

"African American Resistance, Jim Crow Era;" "African American Resistance, Reconstruction Era;" "American Slave Rebellions." In International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present, edited by Immanuel Ness, 16-19, 19-21, 88-90. New York: Blackwell, 2009.

"Civil Rights Movement." In Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present, edited by Paul Finkelman, 411-19. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 

"Du Bois, W.E.B" and "Garvey, Marcus." In Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age: From the End of World War I to the Great Crash, edited by James Ciment, 183-84, 256-57. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2008.

"Bunche, Ralph (1904-1971);" "Gandhi, Mohandas (1869-1948);" "Kenyatta, Jomo (1897/1898?-1978);" "King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968);" "Mau Mau;" "Weathermen." In Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History, edited by Spencer C. Tucker and Andrew McCormick, 214-215, 486-87, 711-12, 720-22, 832-33, 1417-18. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2007. 

"Southern Christian Leadership Conference;" "Poor People's Campaign;" "Selma March." In Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, edited by James Ciment, 987-89, 1103-05, 1153-55. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2006.

"Parks, Rosa Louise." In Encyclopedia of American Lives, edited by Arnold Markoe, Karen Markoe, and Kenneth T. Jackson. Vol. 7, 413-15. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006.

"Nonviolent Direct Action and the Civil Rights Movement;" "Congress of Racial Equality;" "Racial Violence and the Civil Rights Movement." In Encyclopedia of American Social Movements, edited by Immanuel Ness. Vol. 1, 202-07; 208-11; 222-26. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2004.

"Sullivan, Leon Howard;" "Williams, Hosea Lorenzo." In The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson. Vol. 6, 500-02, 569-71. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004.

"Cold War (1945-1950), The Start of the Atomic Age." In Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security, edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. Vol. 1, 230-33. New York: Gale, 2004.

"Malcolm X (Malik El-Shabazz)." In The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: The 1960s, edited by William L. O’Neill. Vol. 2, 37-40. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003.

"Congress of Racial Equality." In The Oxford Companion to United States History, edited by Paul Boyer, et. al., 135. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

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