POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Vassar College history professor Maria Höhn is the recipient of the 2010 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) / German Studies Association (GSA) Article Prize for her study "The Black Panther Solidarity Committees and the Voice of the Lumpen" that appeared in the German Studies Review, vol. XXXI, No. 1 (February 2008).
The DAAD/GSA committee – Anthony Steinhoff (chair, historian), Andrew Bergerson (historian), and Angelika von Wahl (political scientist) – considered 24 articles in the fields of history, political science, and other social sciences for this prize.
Höhn will receive the DAAD/GSA Article Prize at the German Studies Association's thirty-fourth annual convention banquet this fall in Oakland, CA.
Her prize-winning article is available to read online at www.aacvr-germany/onlinepub.
About the DAAD Article Prize of the GSA
This prize is funded through the North American office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and carries an award of $500. The prize is awarded under GSA rules by a GSA committee, alternating between the two groups of academic disciplines represented in the association. Eligibility is restricted to articles published in the German Studies Review.
About Maria Höhn
Maria Höhn is a scholar of the American military presence in Germany, and her seminal book GIs and Fräuleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany was the first to address the experience of black U.S. soldiers in postwar Germany (University of North Carolina Press, 2002, also in German from Verlag Berlin Brandenburg, 2008). She is also the co-editor of Over There: Living with The U.S. Military Empire from World War Two to the Present which explores the impact of U.S. military bases on gender and race relations in West Germany, South Korea, and Japan (Duke, 2010), and the co-author (with Martin Klimke) of A Breath of Freedom. African American GIs, the Civil Rights Struggle and Germany, which will appear with Palgrave in October 2010 (www.breathoffreedom.org).
She joined the Vassar faculty in 1996, and teaches classes in history, as well as in the colleges' multidisciplinary programs in American Culture and Jewish Studies. Together with Martin Klimke, of the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at Heidelberg University, Höhn created the digital archive "The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs and Germany" (http://www.aacvr-germany.org/). They also curated an exhibition of photographs related to that topic that is currently being shown in museums and educational institutions across Germany and the U.S. Last year Höhn and Klimke were honored by the NAACP with the Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award for uncovering the role black GIs played in advancing the cause of civil rights in the U.S., as well as in sparking civil rights debates in Germany.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.