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Katja Schatte

Doctoral Candidate
Predoctoral Instructor & Teaching Assistant


M.A. Latin American Studies (The University of Chicago, 2011)
B.A. Licensed Social Worker (Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin, 2010)

Katja holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Washington where she studies the social and cultural histories of socialist societies. Her dissertation explores the lives of Jewish women in East Berlin (1945-1990). In her research, she integrates traditional archival research, oral history, and digital humanities approaches. She was  the 2016-17 Greenberg Research Fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation where she researched trangenerational trauma and resilience among the descendants of female Holocaust survivors. Katja was born and raised in Dresden, (East) Germany and has an academic and professional background in social work.

At the University of Washington, Katja is also a fellow in the Simpson Center's Certificate Program in Public Scholarship and an alumna of the Graduate Fellowship Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. She has four years of teaching experience as a teaching assistant in the history department. In addition, Katja has taught her own classes as a predoctoral instructor in the history department (Modern Latin American History through Film), at the UW Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Mexican History & Eastern European History), and for University Beyond Bars (World Civilizations, through Seattle Central College). She has previously served as a graduate student member on the history department's diversity committee.

Katja is passionate about bridging history, community engagement and, education. She is currently a project contributor at the The Wende Museum in Culver City, CA and the Cotsen Foundation in West Hollywood, CA where she explores the transfer of ideas across the Iron Curtain in early Cold War textile design. In addition, Katja teaches middle school special education math and history in Historic South Central Los Angeles and is in the process of completing her bilingual special education teaching credential.


Courses Taught

The History of Nuclear Weapons, 1895–1980 (TA)

Seeing the 20th Century European History and Film from the 1890s to the Present (TA)

Postwar European History and Film after 1945 (TA)

Nazi Germany (TA)

The History of Mexico: Culture, Identity and the Politics of Rule from the Aztecs to the Present  (TA)

Medieval Europe (TA)

Germany 1871-1989 (TA)

Introduction to Jewish Cultural History (TA)

Latin American History through Film (Instructor of record)

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