Noah Bender

Graduate Student

Late Modern Europe

Research Interests

  • Nationalism
  • Migration
  • Imperialism
  • Liberalism
  • Global and transnational history

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.