Martin Klimke, Associate Professor of History, NYUAD
Martin Klimke, Associate Professor of History, NYUAD

Martin Klimke

Associate Professor of History

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi



M.A., Ph.D. University of Heidelberg

Martin Klimke’s research explores the intersections of political and cultural, diplomatic, and transnational history. It is dedicated to the role of America in the world with an emphasis on processes of transnational exchange in US-European relations in the 20th century, and more particularly in the period of the Cold War. Klimke analyzes the multifaceted impact “American” ideas and cultural practices have had once adopted in different sociopolitical settings, and the ways in which US history has become intertwined with other countries’ politics and societies.

The increasingly global cultural, political, and military presence of the United States, especially after World War II, as well as the country’s complex entanglement with the forces of globalization, are at the center of his scholarly interests. A special focus of his research is transnational protest movements, processes of cultural transfer, and global networks of dissent, e.g., with respect to 1960/70s protest movements, the African American freedom struggle in the 20th century, or the grassroots activism of the 1980s.

Martin Klimke studied at the University of Goettingen, Amherst College, and the University of Heidelberg. Before joining NYU Abu Dhabi, he taught at the University of Heidelberg, Georgetown University, Rutgers University, and Meiji University, Tokyo.

He is also an associated researcher at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at the University of Heidelberg and in Transatlantic Cultural History (TCH) at the University of Augsburg, Germany.

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Current Courses

NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU New York

  • Morning in America: Ronald Reagan, the Nuclear Crisis, and the Cold War of the 1980s (Graduate Seminar, NYU-NY: Fall 2012, Research Guide)
  • The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and the US Military in the 20th Century (Independent Studies, NYU-NY: Fall 2012)
  • A Breath of Freedom? Transatlantic Relations, African American GIs and Military Families since World War II
    (Independent Studies, NYU-NY: Spring 2013)
  • Race, Sex and Gender in 20th Century Military History
    (Independent Studies, NYU-NY: Spring 2013)