Michelle Kahn


Michelle Lynn Kahn is a doctoral student in the History Department at Stanford University

with an emphasis on Modern Europe, gender, and migration. Her research examines spaces of interaction and exchange between Germans and Turkish immigrants in post-World War II Germany, questioning how cross-cultural encounters reshaped male and female Germans’ and Turks’ notions of masculinity, femininity, race, class, and age. A previous project, supported by Stanford’s Spatial History Project and presented at the German Studies Association’s 2013 Annual Conference, traced the development of child psychiatry by using digital humanities tools to verbally and visually reconstruct networks of social and intellectual relationships between and among the liberal, Jewish émigré psychoanalysts of interwar Vienna and the psychiatrists who would later participate in the Nazi euthanasia programs.

Michelle graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2012, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Government, with a sequence in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights. Her thesis analyzed the changing German and British discourse surrounding the Boer and Herero Wars, arguing that the strategic deployment of a manufactured humanitarianism in the aftermath of the First World War continues to skew public perceptions of each nation’s colonial project. Passionate about issues of civil and human rights, Michelle has completed internships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC), the International Society for Human Rights (Frankfurt, Germany), and the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (Los Angeles, CA). As a PhD Minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, she looks forward to exciting opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary conversations with wonderful young scholars.