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Katrin Schreiter began her studies in History, Political Science, and North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she was awarded a post-graduate fellowship to study in the United States. During her tenure at the Ohio State University, Katrin completed an MA in Diplomatic History. She then went on to earn a PhD in Modern European History at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Before joining King’s College in 2013, she taught twentieth-century history at the University of Pennsylvania and in the Department of European Cultural History at the Universität Augsburg. 


  • 20th-century German history
  • European integration and diplomatic relations
  • Economic history, consumption and everyday life
  • Theory and methodology of material culture in the context of identity formation

Katrin Schreiter’s main research lies in the field of 20th-century German history. One area of focus has been the interplay of economics and culture during the Cold War, and how these arenas are connected to the politics of German and European diplomacy through negotiations over the German-German relationship. She has published on these issues in the context of European economic integration and has presented her work at numerous international conferences in the US and Europe.

Currently, Katrin is working on two distinct projects. The first project examines firm identity in the GDR to explore economic institutional pressures under state socialism. The second project is a co-edited interdisciplinary volume entitled Experiencing postwar Germany: Everyday life and cultural practice in the two Germanies, 1960-2000 (with Jan Palmowski and Erica Carter), under contract with Berghahn Books. The volume interrogates cultural practices as formative processes in political community building.


Katrin Schreiter has taught modules ranging from international to European history, covering global topics such as the student protests of 1968 or the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent restructuring of Europe. In her teaching, she offers different theoretical approaches and historical methods, including class, gender, and visual culture, to allow students to gain a better understanding of the past and its influence on present political debates.

At King’s College, her teaching focuses on Germany’s nineteenth and twentieth-century history and contemporary politics, economics, society, and culture. Key issues that are explored in her modules include the impact of policy on Germany’s political and economic culture, and the continuing political debate about Germany’s role in Europe.

PhD Supervisions

Katrin welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests. 

Expertise and Public Engagement

In collaboration with the German Historical Institute London, Katrin Schreiter has developed a prize-winning public engagement project on the topic of migrants’ material traces in 2015. “Things We Keep: Curators of Our Own History” used material culture and oral history methodologies to curate an exhibition and create an online archive:

Through the selection of their object and its exploration in oral history interviews, the migrants are involved in a conversation between personal experience, history and academia. These interviews have been developed into e-learning materials that are used for undergraduate teaching at Durham University and King’s College London, and a range of secondary schools in London.

Katrin has been interviewed about this project and related issues of migration on the radio and by the press, including RBB Kulturradio and the Deutsche Presse Agentur. She welcomes media requests to talk about postwar German history and related issues.

Selected Publications

  • K. Schreiter, Designing one nation: The politics of economic culture and trade in divided Germany, 1949-1990 (Oxford University Press), forthcoming.
  • K. Schreiter, "Revisiting Morale under the Bombs: The Gender of Affect in Darmstadt, 1942-1945", Central European History,  Volume 50, Issue 3/2017, pp. 347- 374.
  • 17 essays on 20th-century German design institutions, exhibitions, and design publications for the Bloomsbury Design Encyclopaedia, 3 volumes, ed. by Clive Edwards (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2015).
  • K. Schreiter, “European aesthetic convergence and the Common Market: A case study of Cold War East and West Germany”, in Pour une lecture historique de l'européanisation au XXe siècle/Europeanisation in the 20th century: The historical lens, ed. by Matthieu Osmont, Emilia Robin-Hivert, and Katja Seidel (Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2012), pp. 129-49.