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Dr Jeff Bowersox
17 Gordon Square
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Jeff Bowersox earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College (Kentucky) and a master's degree in history from the University of Cincinnati before completing a PhD at the University of Toronto in 2008. His dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. Modris Eksteins, examined the German colonial imagination through the youth culture of the Imperial era. In 2013 this research was published by Oxford University Press under the title, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914.

He taught for four years at the University of Southern Mississippi before crossing the pond to take up a research fellowship at King's College London in 2012 and then a lectureship at the University of Worcester in 2013. He joined the School of European Languages, Culture, and Society at UCL in 2014.

Research Summary

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Research themes:
          Cultural history of modern European colonialism
          Race in modern German history
          Black Germans and the African diaspora in Europe
          Transnational popular cultures

Jeff Bowersox's research focuses on the connections that tied Germans and Europeans into the globalizing world of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has published articles on African and African-American entertainers in Germany around 1900, German-Polish relations in Upper Silesia, representations of the Boxer war in German youth media, debates over "Moor pharmacies" in Germany, German colonial exhibitions, and the colonial origins of the German Boy Scouts (Pfadfinder). He has  explored these connections in most detail in his book, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914 (Oxford UP, 2013), a cultural history of the German colonial imagination around the turn of the twentieth century. 

His current research traces African-American entertainers in Germany before 1914 to understand how race, nation, and empire were commercialised during a period of expanding global connections. Other ongoing projects explore relations between British and German youth groups before 1914, colonialism in the Weimar and National Socialist eras, and the workings of racialised difference in the products of the modern toy industry. He is also the managing editor of blackcentraleurope.com, a web resource making available historical materials on the history of the Black diaspora in the German-speaking lands from the Middle Ages to the present.  

Teaching Summary

Jeff Bowersox has taught widely at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in German, European, colonial, and world history. Currently he teaches a general introduction to German history as well as modules on Weimar/Nazi Germany, Imperial Germany, Black Germany, and Black Europe. 

He welcomes inquiries from postgraduate students, especially those interested in modern German history, cultures of modern colonialism, or the black diaspora in Europe.

01-SEP-2014 Lecturer in Modern German History German Department University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2013 – 31-AUG-2014 Senior Lecturer in International History Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts University of Worcester, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2012 – 31-JUL-2013 AHRI Research Fellow German Department King's College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2008 – 30-SEP-2013 Assistant Professor of Modern European History History Department University of Southern Mississippi, United States
Academic Background
2008   Doctor of Philosophy University of Toronto
2001   Master of Arts University of Cincinnati
1999   Bachelor of Arts Georgetown College, Kentucky
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