Noah Bender

Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 

My current project examines how Germans living in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century drew parallels between the US Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War as twin struggles of national unification, thus taking part virtually in the German nation. This is one of many strategies used by Auslandsdeutsche—or Germans abroad—to create a sense of national belonging far from the German nation-state. More broadly, I’m interested in the social history of migration, and the construction of national belonging within transnational communication networks. Soon I hope to begin archival research on German migration agencies, which assisted would-be migrants in selecting destinations and arranging transport.

In 2017 I received a BA in History from the University of Rochester. There, my work focused on the long-overlooked intensity of German national sentiment in North America. 

Nationalism 

Migration

Imperialism

Liberalism

Global and transnational history

Graduate Position: 
Graduate Student