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Katherine E Sorrels

Title: Associate Professor of History
Affiliate Faculty, Judaic Studies
Office: 301B McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-3024
Email: katherine.sorrels@uc.edu

My research interests are in modern European cultural and intellectual history. More specifically, I work on Jewish internationalism and the history of medicine in Central Europe. I teach a range of courses in modern European and world history, including Immigration, European Integration, Modern Germany, Scientific Racism, the Holocaust, Nazi Medicine, and Alternative Medicine and Nutrition. 


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2009 (History).
  • M.A., Central European University, Budapest, 2000 (Comparative European History).
  • B.A., SUNY Binghamton, 1998 (History and German).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Sorrels, Katherine, Magic and Medicine: German Naturopathy in Europe and North America, 1890-1990, UC's University Research Council. (URC Interdisciplinary Awards AY2016-17), $10,000.00. 05/01/2017 to 04/30/2018. Status: Active.


Peer Reviewed Publications


Invited Publication

  • “Ethnicity as Evidence of Subversion: National Stereotypes and the Secret Police Investigations of Jews in Interwar Bessarabia”. transversal, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2002.


  • Review of Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce, by Sarah Abrevaya Stein. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2010.
  • Review of The Kuzari and the Shaping of Jewish Identity, 1167-1900, by Adam Shear. Religious Studies Review, Vol 36, No. 3, 2010.
  • Review of Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad, by Steven Aschheim. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2009.
  • Review of Die Rumänisierung der Bukowina, by Mariana Hausleitner. transversal, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2006.
  • Review of Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism, by Glenda Sluga. Human Rights Quarterly 39, No. 1, 2017.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • (04-2016). "Eurafrica and the Austrian Imperial Legacy" Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • (04-2015). "Can Social Darwinism be a Basis for Anti-Racism? Views from Vienna, 1911" Symposium on the First International Races Congress, London 1911, Rutgers University.
  • (11-2013). “The Aristocracy of the Future: A Catholic-Jewish Utopia” Open History Seminar, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (04-2012). “The Evolution of Europe: social Darwinism and the ideal of integration in fin de siècle Austria” German Studies , University of Cincinnati.
  • (07-2009). Jewish Ideas of Europe: Responses to Ethnonationalism in the Habsburg Empire Negotiating Europe: Jewish and Non-Jewish Spaces , Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.
  • (05-2009). “Antisemitism as a Context for the Idea of Europe.” Junior Scholars Conference on the Future of German Jewish History, Organized by the Leo Baeck Institute in Germany, the German Historical Institute in Washington and the Institute for European Studies at Berkeley, Washington, D.C..
  • (03-2007). “Habsburg Jews and the Idea of Europe.” European Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh.

Paper Presentations

  • (07-2017). German Folk Medicine in a Global Context. 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • (05-2017). Nazis, Jews, and the Politics of Homeopathy in the mid 20th Century. American Association for the History of Medicine, Nashville, TN.
  • (09-2014). “The Diverse Political Uses of Eugenics” . Fourth Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • (02-2014). “An Aristocracy of Spirit, not Blood: Reimagining Habsburg Aristocracy after the First World War”. Annual Conference of the Austrian Studies Association, University of Texas, Austin.
  • (06-2013). "Revolutionary Pacifism and European Unity". Council for European Studies, Amsterdam.
  • (04-2013). "Austrian Jewish Pacifism and the Ideal of European Unity in the first half of the Twentieth Century". Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York City.
  • (04-2012). "Pan-Europe's Cosmopolitan Outsiders". Annual Conference of the Austrian Studies Association, Long Beach, CA.
  • (10-2010). “Habsburg Utopias and Atlantic Unity: Central European Jewish Cosmopolitanism during the Cold War.”. Cold War Cultures, University of Texas at Austin.
  • (08-2009). “Oscar Jaszi, the Danubian Federation, and the Cold War.”. Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • (10-2006). “Alfred Fried and the Organization of Europe: The pre-WWI roots of the Pan-European Idea.”. Thirteenth German Studies Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • (11-2005). “The Threat of the Powerless: Police Conspiracy Theories and Jewish Youth in Interwar Bessarabia.”. American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 37th National Convention, Salt Lake City.
  • (07-2005). “Romanian Elite Discourse on European Culture: Constantin Noica’s “Structura Culturii Noastre” during and after Socialism.”. International Council for Central and East European Studies Seventh World Congress, Berlin.
  • (06-2002). “Romanian Nationalist Concepts of the Jews in Interwar Bessarabia.”. Eighth International Conference of the Center for Romanian Studies, Iasi, Romania.
  • (10-2001). “’Deutsch, Treu, Glaubensstark:' Nationalism and the Transylvanian Saxon Women’s Movement to Reform Schooling for Girls, 1894-1914.” . Gender, Identity and Nationalism in Europe, University of Salford.

Honors & Awards

  • Center Fellowship, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati , 2013 to 2014.
  • Andrew Mellon Doctoral Fellowship , University of Pittsburgh, 2008 to 2009.
  • Leo Baeck Doctoral Fellowship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 2007 to 2008.
  • Ernst Mach Scholarship, Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD), 2007.
  • Andrew Mellon Doctoral Fellowship , University of Pittsburgh, 2006 to 2007.
  • Dora and Mayer Tendler Fellowship, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 2006.
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship for Romanian (Fall) and Yiddish (Spring), University of Pittsburgh, 2005 to 2006.
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship for Romanian (Fall) and Yiddish (Spring), University of Pittsburgh, 2004 to 2005.
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Grant for Summer Intensive Study of Hungarian, Indiana University, 2003.
  • Fulbright Fellowship in Chisinau, Moldova, Fulbright Fellowship Program, U.S. Department of State, 2001 to 2002.
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Grant for Summer Intensive Study of Romanian, Indiana University, 2001.