I am a historian and Americanist living in Cologne, Germany, with a doctorate in American Cultural History from LMU Munich (2013). My research focuses on the United States and Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
I work as a lecturer at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies of Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz. From 2014–2016, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow and member of the research group “Economization of the Social” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
My book “Wires That Bind: Nation, Region, and Technology in the American Southwest, 1854–1920” was published by Transcript in 2017. Thus, History!, a research blog I write, features commentary on history as well as on current events in historical perspective.
You can find me on social media as @torstenkathke, e.g. on Mastodon, Twitter, and Instagram.