Areas of expertise

Modern Europe (especially Germany); Women and Gender; History of Science and Medicine; Early Modern and Modern World


Ph.D., University of Maryland 2011
M.A., University of Maryland 2008
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara 2003


Visiting Assistant Professor
Southwestern University
August 19, 2012 - May 13, 2013

Lecturer, Department of History
Washington College
August 31, 2011 - May 11, 2012

Lecturer, Department of History
University of Maryland
August 01, 2010 - July 15, 2011

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses


Kravetz, Melissa. "Mobilizing for Marriage and Motherhood: Women Doctors Working
Towards the Weimar State." (under revision)

Kravetz, Melissa. "Promoting Eugenics and Maternalism: Women Doctors and Marriage
Counseling in Weimar Germany." In Women and Science, 17th Century to Present: Pioneers, Activists and Protagonists, edited by Donna Spalding Andréolle and Véronique Molinari. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June, 2011.

Grutchfield, Michael, Reid Gustafson, Melissa Kravetz, Christina Larocco, and Amy Rutenberg.
"Gender and the Long Postwar: Reconsiderations of the United States and the two Germanys, 1945-1989." Conference at the German Historical Institute of Washington, D.C.-May 29-31, 2008. GHI Bulletin 43 (Fall 2008): 163-170. Also Published by H-Soz-u-Kult.

Seminars & Presentations


"Building the Volksgemeinschaft: Women Doctors working for the BDM and Reichsmütterdienst"
American Historical Association, January 3-7, 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana (Panel Organizer)

"The Nazi Women's War on Cancer"
German Studies Association, October 4-7, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"‘Where one did not talk about comradeship, but experienced it': BDM Physicians and the Creation of the Volksgemeinschaft at Alt-Rehse"
German History Society, September 13-15, 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland

"German Women Doctors and Class-Based vs. Race-Based Eugenics: Temporal Comparisons"
German Studies Association, September 22-25, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky (Panel Organizer)

"Medical Specialists Turned Political Activists: German Female Doctors and the 1920s Campaign against Venereal Disease"
Maryland Colloquium for the History of Science, Technology, and the Environment, December 2, 2010, College Park, Maryland

"Jugendpflege: A Physical and Discursive Space for Weimar Women Doctors"
Gender, Place and Space: An Interdisciplinary Conference, March 25-27, 2010, South Bend, Indiana

"Weimar Marriage Counseling Centers: A Space for Female Physicians"
German Studies Association Conference, October 8-11, 2009, Washington, D.C.

"Promoting Eugenics: Women Doctors and Marriage Counseling in Weimar Germany"
Women of Science, Women in Science, June 4-6, 2009, Grenoble, France

"Conforming Doctors or Pioneering Women? Reconciling Female Physicians' Work in Weimar Marriage Counseling Centers"
Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, April 28, 2009, Berlin, Germany

Honors & Awards


2011 History Department Dissertation Award, University of Maryland
2009-2010 History Department Block Grant, University of Maryland
2008-2009 Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowship for dissertation research, Free University, Berlin
2007 History Department Prospectus Development Grant, University of Maryland
2007 Cosmos Club Foundation Grant-in-Aid to Young Scholars for dissertation prospectus development, Washington D.C.
2006 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship for intensive language study
2005 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dorot Summer Graduate Research Fellowship in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Washington D.C.

Groups & Affiliations

American Historical Association
German Studies Association
German History Society



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