Emma Thomas

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Emma Thomas

Graduate Student

University of Michigan
German Department
3110 MLB
812 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275

Office Location(s): 3315 MLB
Phone: 734.647.0408

  • About

    Emma is a doctoral candidate pursuing a dual degree in History and Germanic Languages and Literatures. Her research interests are broadly situated in the fields of nineteenth and twentieth-century German and Pacific histories, with focuses on transnational, cultural, and labor history, the history of German empire and colonialism, postcolonial theory, and race, gender and sexuality studies. Her dissertation, “Contested Labors: New Guinean Women and the German Colonial Indenture,” examines the complex social, cultural, and political worlds occupied by indentured New Guinean women under German colonial rule, and situates the labor system within the contexts of evolving, often conflicting, colonial understandings of gender, sexuality, and race.

    Her research has attracted support from the University of Michigan’s departments of History and Germanic Literatures and Languages, the Rackham Graduate School, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Freie Universität Berlin, where she is spending the 2015-2016 academic year.

    At the University of Michigan, Emma has taught courses in modern German history and German language in the departments of History and Germanic Literatures and Languages.

    Prior to coming to Michigan, she completed a Masters in History at the University of Melbourne, and a BA (Hons) at the University of Queensland, Australia.

  • Education
    • BA, European History & German, University of Queensland, 2008
    • MA, European History, University of Melbourne, 2010