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Jenny Wüstenburg

Jenny Wustenberg

Associate Professor

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Heritage and Global Cultures


Dr. Wüstenberg is Associate Professor in Twentieth Century History. She teaches on the following courses and modules:

  • MRes in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • MA in History
  • HIST40417 Active Research (module leader)
  • HIST20917 History and Heritage in Contemporary Society
  • EURO30605 Memory and Identities in European Writing, Cinema and Society
  • SOCT30814 Political Communications and Society

Dr. Wüstenberg is happy to supervise dissertations in her areas of expertise, especially in German, European, North American and settler colonial history, particularly the history and politics of memory, and including comparative and transnational perspectives.

Career overview

Dr. Wüstenberg joined NTU in September 2019. After receiving her PhD in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, she worked at the School of International Service at American University, at the Free University of Berlin, for the Independent Academic Commission at the Federal Ministry of Justice for the Critical Study of the National Socialist Past. Dr. Wüstenberg’s previous position was DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and German & European Studies at York University in Toronto.

Research areas

My focus has been on the involvement of social movements and civil society in memory politics, as well as on transnational and relational perspectives on memory politics. My most recent research project examines comparatively how family separation is remembered as legacies of state-driven policies targeting children, including in the US, Canada, Australia, East Germany and elsewhere. I have also written about the development of memory studies as a field and about memory methodology.

External activity

Dr. Wüstenberg is the co-founder and current co-President of the Memory Studies Association, an international professional organisation that connects memory scholars and practitioners and holds an annual conference. She is also a member of the Commission on Remembering Social Democracy, set up by the German Federation of Trade Unions. She serves as co-editor of the Worlds of Memory book series with Berghahn Books, as well as reviewer for numerous journals and academic presses.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Berlin Program for Advanced German & European Studies
  • Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation
  • Council for European Studies
  • German Studies Association


Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, September 2017, Paperback December 2018) – German translation forthcoming.

‘Locating Transnational Memory: how “unbound” remembrance is embedded inpublic spaces' editor of a Special Issue of the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society (published online first July 2019).

Agency in Transnational Memory Politics, edited with Aline Sierp (under contract
with Berghahn Books, forthcoming 2020).

‘Contesting Memory and Citizenship in Canada,’ Special Issue of Citizenship Studies Vol.22, No.4, June 2018, edited with Michael Nijhawan and Daphne Winland.

‘Transnational Memory Politics in Europe,’ Special Issue of Journal of Contemporary European Studies, edited with Aline Sierp (September 2015).

‘Memory Studies – the State of the Field’ Memory Studies Vol.10, No.4, October 2017, with Anamaria Dutceac-Segesten.

‘Vernetztes Gedenken? Netzwerkmethoden und Transnationale Erinnerungsforschung’ Jahrbuch für Politik und Geschichte, Thema: Geschichtspolitik und Erinnerungskulturen global, Band 6, 2016.

‘The struggle for European memory – New contributions to an emerging field’ Comparative European Politics 14(3), 2016.

Press expertise

  • Memory studies as a field.
  • German history and memory, particularly 1945-present.
  • Comparative histories and memory of family separation