Visiting Lecturer in History

Kathryn Julian received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. She is a specialist in the history of Central Europe, religious history, socialist societies, and comparative memory. She comes to Maryville College from Westfield State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she taught courses on Western Thought, East Asian Encounters, World Religions, and European history.  Dr. Julian hails from Birmingham, Alabama and has lived and worked in a wide range of locales from Berlin, Germany to Fort Worth, Texas to Székesfehérvár, Hungary. 

Dr. Julian is currently at work on a book that examines the contribution of Roman Catholic religious orders to socialist society in the Eastern Bloc. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Student Program, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Free University in Berlin, the University of Massachusetts Graduate School and History Department, and the Central European History Society.

At Maryville College, Dr. Julian teaches a range of courses, including Europe and the World in the Twentieth Century, War and Memory, the History of the Holocaust, World Cultures, History of Japan, Truth and Reconciliation, Coffeehouses & Culture, and Modern World History. When she's not writing or teaching, she enjoys long-distance running and hiking.

SELECTED Publications

“Under the Habit: Resistance of Catholic Sisters against East German State Authority in the 1950s,” in Gendering Post-1945 German History: Entanglements. Friederike Bruehoefener, Karen Hagemann, and Donna Harsch, eds. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2019.