Assistant Professor of Modern German History, Emory University, Georgia
Daimler Fellow - Class of Spring 2011
Astrid M. Eckert is a historian of twentieth-century Germany with a focus on the period after 1945. Her 2004 book Kampf um die Akten. Die Westalliierten und die Rückgabe von deutschem Archivgut nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg was published in English as Battle for the Files: The Western Allies and the Return of Captured German Archives after World War II (Cambridge University Press). The book won the Hedwig Hintze Prize from the German Historical Association, among other distinctions. Eckert also wrote a study comparing American images of the Japanese and German enemy in 1945–46, Feindbilder im Wandel: Ein Vergleich des Deutschland- und des Japanbildes in den USA 1945 bis 1946 (LIT Verlag, 1999), and has co-edited several collections of articles. Her essays have appeared in German-speaking newspapers such as the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in addition to a number of specialized American and German history publications. Her awards and fellowships include grants from the Fulbright Foundation, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung), and the German Historical Institute, both in Washington, DC, and in London. Born in Germany, Eckert was trained at the Free University Berlin, the University of Michigan, and Yale University.