Assistant Professor of History
Areas of Specialization
Europe; Germany; Eastern Europe and Russia; Women and Gender
Professor Fojtik received her Ph.D. in Modern Europe and Women's and Gender History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. Before coming to SXU, she taught at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and at DePaul University. Her work has focused most recently on how postwar deprivation forced Germans to reconsider their place in a Cold War international order. Specifically, she is interested in the way that tensions between urban consumers and rural producers, as well as a loss of agricultural self-sufficiency, led to a reconsideration of Heimat and a reconstitution of national identities.
She is interested in using the tools of the digital humanities to deepen historical understanding and promote public access to historical research.
In addition to her responsibilities at SXU, she serves as the managing editor of H-German, an online community for scholars of German history, literature, and culture and a podcaster for New Books in German Studies.
- HIST 101: World History to 1500
- HIST 102: World History since 1500
- HIST 208: Europe since 1789
- HIST 211: Women in Modern Europe
- HIST 251: Topics in European History (Modern Germany; History of the Soviet Union; Refugees and Forced Migration in the Modern World)
- HIST 349: History of the Holocaust
- HIST 395: Senior Seminar
- Fellow, Holocaust Education Foundation, Northwestern University, 2016
- Graduate Student Exchange Program Fellowship, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, 2008-2009
- University of Wisconsin - Madison, Early Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
- Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, 2003
"Illusory Heimat: Territorial Loss and Rurality in German Identity at the Stunde Null" (in progress)