Welcome to our three newest members of the faculty—Alice Goff, Destin Jenkins, and Matthew Kruer.
Alice joins us as an assistant professor of German history and the College. She studies the relationships between material objects and political thought in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her current research traces the history of works of art caught up in the looting, iconoclasm, and shifting boundaries of German states during the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars and the consequences of their displacement for German political, religious, and intellectual practice at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Goff comes to the University of Chicago following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Michigan Society of Fellows. She received her PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2015.
Destin wil hold a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017–18 and afterwards will hold the Neubauer Family Assistant Professorship in US History and the College. He studies the links among the American state, capitalism, racial inequality, and housing in the twentieth century. His forthcoming book, tentatively titled "Bonded Metropolis: Debt, Redevelopment, and Racial Inequality in Postwar San Francisco," argues that the practices of municipal debt finance redistributed wealth upwards, reinscribed racial inequality, and became a constraint on democratic state power. Destin was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History in 2016–17. He received his PhD. in history from Stanford University in 2016.
As an assistant professor of early North American history and the College, Matthew plans to explore the relationship among Native Americans and colonists. His forthcoming book, "The Time of Anarchy: Colonial Rebellions and the Wars of the Susquehannocks, 1675–1685," shows that this once powerful Indian nation of central Pennsylvania exerted a political influence disproportionate to their numbers and reshaping both Indian nations and English colonies. He is spending the current academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Mahindra Humanities Center. Matthew previous taught at the University of Oklahoma and receive his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015.