Lecturer and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History

University of Chicago

September 2018-present

Postdoctoral Instructor, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

University of Chicago

August 2017-August 2018


Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies                  

United States Military Academy at West Point

July 2016- July 2017




BA       POMONA COLLEGE, Religious Studies (Magna Cum Laude), 2009



O'Donnell, Peggy. “‘A Gateway to Hell’: A Nazi Mass Grave, Australian Forensic Scientists, and a 50 Year-Old Murder.” Holocaust and Genocide Studies Volume 32, Issue 3, 1 December 2018, Pages 361–383.

Popular press

“Mayor Pete and the Millennial Paradox,” Los Angeles Review of Books, May 28, 2019.

“The Settler Fantasies Woven into the Prairie Dresses,” Jezebel, January 30, 2019.

“Loss, Doubt, and Liberation: Motherhood in 2018,” History Workshop, October 24, 2018.

“The Sexism that Permeates the Academy,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (print), October 27, 2017.

“The Politics of Pie Cutting at West Point's Mess Hall,” Atlas Obscura, June 27, 2017.

“Millennials: A look back at other maligned generations,” KQED, April 29, 2016.

“Power comes with economic security,” Salon, February 20, 2016. 

Lectures and Presentations

2017      “Can Closing Borders Enhance our National Security?” Panel discussion, Modern War Institute, United States Military Academy at West Point.

2016      “The 20th Century's Buried Secrets: Covering and discovering the graves of mass murder,” guest lecture for Professor Andrea Sinn’s “History of the Holocaust,” University of California, Berkeley. 

2015      “The History of Human Rights in Law and Society,” guest lecture for Professor Alexa Koenig’s “International Human Rights,” University of California, Berkeley.

2012      “Using Scientific Evidence to Advance Prosecutions at the International Criminal Court,” opening talk for the conference “Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Using Scientific Evidence to Advance Prosecutions at the International Criminal Court,” International Criminal Court.

Service and Leadership

2015      Mentored new and historically-inclined Berkeley students, freshmen and transfers, individually and led group discussions about the practice, utility, and enjoyment of historical study.

2013      Coordinated the Salzburg Seminars, a conference series featuring experts in human rights, international criminal law, and forensic investigations.

Related Experience

2012-2016         Provided research and writing support—including archival research, qualitative interviews, and grant- and report-writing—for the Human Rights Center at Berkeley School of Law.

2015      Edited a forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press on humanitarianism and the media during the Biafra crisis.

2013      Served as a visiting scholar and consultant for the International Criminal Court on issues relating to victims of atrocity and survivor communities.



Human Rights, Gender, War, and Transnational History 

Courses taught:

Spring 2018. Body of Rights: Women’s Rights and Human Rights in the 20th Century

Winter 2018. Thou Shalt Not Kill: Human Rights and War from Napoleon to the War on Terror

Fall 2017            Human Rights in World Civilizations, University of Chicago.       

Spring 2017       Race, Ethnicity, and Nation, United States Military Academy.

Spring 2017       Western Civilizations, United States Military Academy.

Fall 2016            Western Civilizations, United States Military Academy.

Spring 2016       Perpetrators, Victims, and Bystanders, Berkeley School of Law.

Spring 2014       Modern European History, 1789-1989 (senior thesis seminar), Berkeley.

Spring 2012       The Age of the City, 1825-1933, Berkeley.

Fall 2012            Modern Jewish History, Berkeley.

Spring 2011       History of the Holocaust, Berkeley. 

Fall 2010           Modern Jewish History, Berkeley.

Fall 2009           War and Peace: International Relations since 1914, Berkeley.


2015      Berkeley Connect Mentorship Program Fellow

2014      German Historical Institute Doctoral Fellowship (declined)

2013      Reinhard Bendix Memorial Fellowship

2013      Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) Fellowship

2013      Fritz Thyssen Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship in German History

2009     German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship (declined)

2009     University of California, Berkeley, Institute of European Studies Fellowship  


Research competence in German, French, and Spanish