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Dr. Nadine Klopfer

Winter Semester 2015/16

Nadine Klopfer – PortraitNadine Klopfer is an Assistant Professor at LMU Munich's Amerika-Institut. She studied history and art history in Tübingen and Paris and received her PhD in American history from LMU in 2008 with a thesis on Montreal urban planning. From 2007 to 2009, she was an Assistant Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, FU Berlin. Her second book, which was published in 2013, explores the creation of local identity in New Orleans after the Civil War. In 2014-15, Nadine was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, NY. Her research interests are American and transatlantic cultural history of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a special focus on material culture, taste and style, French-American trade and cultural relations and the history of urban spaces.

As a Junior Researcher in Residence, Nadine will work on her Habilitation which deals with the so-called 'French craze', a pervasive fascination with French things in 19th century America. She investigates the interplay of French material culture in the United States, an American 'French imaginary' and processes of identity formation and social reordering in the US from the early 1800s to the 1870s. She is currently organizing an international workshop on 'Visions of Frenchness in the Early Republic' for February 2016, hoping to establish a dialogue between art historians, material culture specialists, cultural historians and business historians on 19th century American imaginaries of France.