Saint Xavier University Mary's Circle

History and Political Science Faculty

Christine Fojtik

fojtikAssistant Professor of History


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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison

B.A., Northwestern University

Areas of Specialization

Europe; Germany; Eastern Europe and Russia; Women and Gender; Digital Humanities


Professor Fojtik received her Ph.D. in Modern Europe and Women's and Gender History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. Before coming to SXU, she taught at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and at DePaul University. Her work has focused most recently on how postwar deprivation forced Germans to reconsider their place in a Cold War international order. Specifically, she is interested in the way that tensions between urban consumers and rural producers, as well as a loss of agricultural self-sufficiency, led to a reconsideration of Heimat and a reconstitution of national identities.

She is interested in using the tools of the digital humanities to deepen historical understanding and promote public access to historical research.

In addition to her responsibilities at SXU, she serves as the managing editor of H-German, an online community for scholars of German history, literature, and culture and a podcaster for New Books in German Studies.

Courses Taught

Selected Honors


"Illusory Heimat: Territorial Loss and Rurality in German Identity at the Stunde Null" (in progress)