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Monica Black

Associate Professor, Associate Head


I am a historian of modern Europe. My research focuses on the cultural and social history of Germany, with an emphasis on the era of the World Wars and the post-1945 period. 

I have long been interested in popular ritual and religious practice — burial practices and funerary culture were the subject of my first book, Death in Berlin: From Weimar to Divided Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2010). The book I am now completing has moved into areas where religion and medicine overlap.  

Among my additional research and teaching interests are: war and culture; folklore, memory, rumor, oral tradition; and the philosophy, craft, and literature of history. For a description of my current research and writing projects, please click here.

At UT-Knoxville, I offer graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of modern Europe and modern Germany, on historical methods and practices, and on the history of everyday life. I teach a graduate seminar called “Soul Medicine” and an advanced undergraduate research seminar called “The Supernatural: A Global History.” Before coming to Knoxville in 2011, I taught at Furman University and at the University of Virginia.

I welcome applications from potential graduate students interested in the cultural history of Germany and Europe and the connections of both to the wider world. 


PhD, University of Virginia

BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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