Victoria Harms specializes in post-1945 European history and Cold War studies. Her book manuscript, which covers the 1970s until the late 1990s, deals with the history of opposition to state socialism and the Cold War order on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Victoria just completed a three-year-post-doc stay at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, Germany. In 2015, she graduated with a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Masters degree from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and a Bachelor degree from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. She has been teaching European and U.S. history at the University of Pittsburgh and the Justus Liebig University in Gießen, Germany.
Victoria has specialized in the history of opposition to state socialism in Eastern Europe from the 1970s until 1989 and its legacies. She is particularly interested in the history of ideas and networks of like-minded intellectuals in East and West.
Of late, she has come to work on the “long 1960s” and the influence of 1968 on protest movements and dissent in Europe, European politics and on memory politics.
Additionally, Victoria is interested in sports history and is preparing a publication on the West German position regarding the boycott of the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980.
Her major research project “Craving Oil” deals with the role of natural resources in German imperial projects on the European continent.
“1968 – A European Year,” winter 2017-2018, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen.
“The Cold War as Sports History,” summer 2017, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen.
“Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte Ungarns im 20. Jahrhundert,“ co-teaching with Professor Dr. Peter Haslinger, summer 2016, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen.
“Western Civilization II,” spring 2015, University of Pittsburgh.