History Department
History Department

Natalie Cincotta

B.A. (Hons) in History, Northern Illinois University

PhD Candidate
Natalie Cincotta



Twentieth Century Germany, Visual Culture, Mass Media, Gender and Sexuality, Post-1945 Memory Politics, Psychoanalysis during the Cold War


Natalie is a fifth-year PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests span mass media, visual culture, politics, gender and sexuality in twentieth-century Germany. Her dissertation “Contesting Sex: The Mass Media, Democracy, and the Sexual Revolution in West Germany during the long 1960s” explores the centrality of discourses about sexuality - textual, visual, and aural - in commercial media to the shaping of a critical public sphere during the 1960s in the Federal Republic of Germany. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Zentrum für Zeithistorisches Forschung in Potsdam, Germany with support from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Fellowship for Doctoral Candidates.

Her teaching fields span twentieth-century Germany, gender and sexuality in Europe, the Holocaust, and Eastern Europe from 1914-1989. Currently, Natalie is a Supplemental Instructor for a U.S. history survey course.

She has also served as the Editorial Assistant for the department's in-house public history website, Not Even Past, and as the web administrator and newsletter editor for the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies.

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