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Murdock, Caitlin

Prof. Caitlin Murdock, Ph.D.

Honorary Research Associate
– Former Visiting Fellow


California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Office: FO2-203
Long Beach, CA 90840

Phone: +1 562 985-2601
Fax: 562 985-5431

Website: Webprofile (California State University)


Caitlin Murdock is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach and the director of the History Graduate program.In June and July 2018, she is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School in Regensburg. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, the M.A. from Emory University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Honors and awards include her stay as a Visiting Scholar at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, 2010; her Leibnitz Summer Fellowship at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, 2009 and the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship in 2007-2008.

Her research focuses on German and Czech-speaking Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is author of Changing Places: Society, Culture, and Territory in the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands, 1870-1946 and of numerous articles. Her current research project, Radiant Health: Radiation Exposure and the Politics of Public Health in Twentieth-Century Central Europe, explores popular, scientific and political debates about radiation and human health over the course of the twentieth century in Germany, Austria and Czechoslavakia.


  • Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School in Regensburg, June – July 2018

Publications (selected)


Changing Places: Society, Culture, and Territory in the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands, 1870-1946. University of Michigan Press, 2010.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“The Politics of Belonging: Citizenship, Community, and Territory on the Saxon-Bohemian Frontier, 1918-1924” Austrian History Yearbook Vol. 43, 2012. 59-74.

“Tourist Landscapes and Regional Identities in Saxony, 1878-1938,” Central European History 40(4) 2007: 589-622.

“Constructing a Modern German Landscape: Tourism, Nature, and Industry in Saxony,” in: Localism, Landscape, and the Ambiguities of Place: German-Speaking Central Europe 1860-1930. James Retallack and David Blackbourn eds. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). 195-213.

“Central Policy and Local Practice: the Changing Dynamics of the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands after 1933,” Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 53(2004) 2: 184-199.