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Prof. Dr. Caitlin Murdock

Prof. Dr. Caitlin Murdock

Honorary Research Associate
Visiting Fellow 2018



Caitlin Murdock is Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach and the director of the History Graduate program.In June and July 2018, she is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School in Regensburg. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, the M.A. from Emory University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Honors and awards include her stay as a Visiting Scholar at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2010), her Leibnitz Summer Fellowship at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam (2009) and the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2007-2008).

Her research focuses on German and Czech-speaking Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her first book, Changing Places: Society, Culture, and Territory in the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands, 1870-1946 examines the changing dynamics of the Saxon-Bohemian borderlands between 1870 and 1946. She is currently working on a new project entitled Radiant Health: Radiation Exposure and the Politics of Public Health in Twentieth-Century Central Europe, which examines popular, scientific, and political debates about radiation and public health in Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.


  • Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School in Regensburg, June – July 2018

Publications (selected)


Changing Places: Society, Culture, and Territory in the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands, 1870-1946. University of Michigan Press, 2010.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Public Health in a Radioactive Age: Environmental Pollution, Popular Therapies, and Narratives of Danger in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-1970,” Central European History Vol 52 No 1 (2019). 45-64.

“Selling Scientific Authority: Radium Spas, Advertising, and Popular Understandings of Radioactivity in Germany, 1900-1937” German History Vol 35 No 1 (2017). 21-42.

“A Gulag in the Erzgebirge? Forced Labor, Political Legitimacy, and Eastern German Uranium Mining in the Early Cold War, 1946–1949,” Central European History Vol 47 No 4 (2014). 791-821.

“The Politics of Belonging: Citizenship, Community, and Territory on the Saxon-Bohemian Frontier, 1918-1924” Austrian History Yearbook Vol. 43, 2012. 59-74.

“Tourist Landscapes and Regional Identities in Saxony, 1878-1938,” Central European History 40(4) 2007: 589-622.

“Constructing a Modern German Landscape: Tourism, Nature, and Industry in Saxony,” in: Localism, Landscape, and the Ambiguities of Place: German-Speaking Central Europe 1860-1930. James Retallack and David Blackbourn eds. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). 195-213.

“Central Policy and Local Practice: the Changing Dynamics of the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands after 1933,” Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 53(2004) 2: 184-199.