Lora Wildenthal

WEBSITE(S)| https://history.rice.edu/people/faculty/lora-wildenthal

Lora Wildenthal (wildenth@rice.edu) is Professor of History and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities. She also serves as Faculty Affiliate with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her main interests are in modern Germany, European women and gender, human rights, and modern colonialism. Her first book, German Women for Empire, 1884-1945 (Duke University Press, 2001), analyzed German women’s participation in Europe’s imperial expansion, especially with regard to women’s and white German men’s ideas of racial classification. It has become a standard work in the field of colonialism and gender. Her second book, The Language of Human Rights in West Germany (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), examines what West Germans considered “human rights causes” between 1945 and 1989, and argues for the importance of domestic context for understanding human rights activists’ choices regarding their work. With Jean Quataert, she is currently co-editing The Routledge History of Human Rights, and she has begun research for a new project on the meaning of wages in the era of the Prussian reforms (early 1800s). She is interested in labor rights as human rights and the history of the study of wages.