Lecturer and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History
University of Chicago
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
PhD UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, History, 2016
MA UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, History, 2011
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 32, no. 3 (Winter 2018): forthcoming.
“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.
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
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