Dr. Teresa Walch is a historian of modern Europe and modern Germany with research interests in urban history, global history, and environmental history. She received her PhD in modern European history from the University of California, San Diego in 2018, where she was awarded the 2017-2018 best dissertation prize by the History faculty. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Her book manuscript, Degenerate Spaces: The Coordination of Space in Nazi Germany, investigates the link between Nazi ideology and spatial practices between 1933-1945. Drawing from urban theory and human geography, she argues that Nazism itself should be understood as a spatial project meant to make German judenrein (clean of Jews). Practiced methods of cleansing spaces in 1930s Germany were crucial antecedents to more systematic measures unleashed on Central and Eastern Europe during World War II and the Holocaust. Her research has been supported by multiple institutions, including the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Fulbright Program, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the USC Shoah Foundation, and the German Historical Institute.
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