Anna Duensing

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Summa cum laude with a B.A. in History with a concentration in Public History and Documentary Studies, Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University
Anna Duensing is a doctoral candidate in the joint program in History and African American Studies at Yale University specializing in transnational and global histories of antifascism, black radicalism, Holocaust memory, and far-right massive resistance within the long civil rights movement. In her dissertation project, “Strange Victory: Cold War Civil Rights and the Long Shadow of Fascism, 1945-1975,” Duensing tells the intersecting, transnational stories of soldiers, artists, journalists, activists, and intellectuals who continued to find in fascism a powerful framework for critiquing racism, white supremacy, state violence, and the limits of liberalism in the postwar United States. Recognizing the relational nature of the struggle between antifascist and fascist movements, her work also examines the influence of the interwar global Right on the rise of modern American conservatism and organized resistance to civil rights at midcentury. Her wider interests include modern German history, U.S. immigration history, military history and histories of U.S. empire, Holocaust studies, and histories of xenophobia and antisemitism. Her research has been generously supported by the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as by Beinecke Library, the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Program for the Study of Antisemitism at Yale.
Duensing graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History with a concentration in Public History and Documentary Studies from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. With an avid commitment to public humanities, she has worked at a number of museums and institutions, including the National September 11 Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Park Avenue Armory, the German-American Institute Heidelberg, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she is currently a researcher and educator. She is from Charlottesville, Virginia.
Teaching Experience:
Fall 2018 - AFAM 236/HIST 163J: Confronting Jim Crow in the Age of Fascism
Spring 2018 - AMST 411/686/FILM 453: Introduction to Documentary Studies, Prof. Matthew Jacobson
Fall 2017 - AFAM 125/AMST/EDST 130/ HIST 136: The Long Civil Rights Movement, Prof. Crystal Feimster 
Research Interests: 
20th Century United States History; African American History Since 1865; Modern German History; the US Military and American Empire; Public Humanities; Comparative Race and Diaspora; Studies; Immigration; Popular Culture and Mass Media