FacultyPetra Goedde

PGoeddeAssociate Professor
Director – CHAT (Center for the Humanities at Temple)

10th Floor Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Polett Walk


20th-Century U.S., Foreign Relations, Gender, Cultural Globalization, Human Rights, International History, U.S.-European Relations


Petra Goedde is Director of Temple University’s Center for the Humanities (CHAT) and Associate Professor of History at Temple University.  She began her academic studies in Germany before moving to Northwestern  University for her PhD in history.  Her research interests are in U.S. foreign relations, transnational, culture, and gender history. She is the author of GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945-1949 (Yale 2003), co-editor of The Human Rights Revolution: An International History (Oxford 2012), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Cold War (Oxford, 2013). She has also written articles on cultural globalization since 1945, and contributed a section to Akira Iriye, ed., Global Interdependence (Harvard University Press/C.H. Beck, Germany, 2013).  She has held numerous fellowships in support of her research, among them the German Academic Exchange Service, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University, and the Center of Advanced Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany. Currently she is completing a book manuscript on the global discourse on peace during the cold war, as well as a joint book project with Akira Iriye, International History: A Cultural Approach.

Selected Publications

  • Power, Culture, and the Rise of Transnational History in the United States” in International History Review, (published online February 14, 2017); print version, Vol. 40, No 1, 2018).
  • Global Cultures,” in Akira Iriye, Jürgen Osterhammel, eds.  Global Interdependence: The World after 1945, Vol. 6  of A History of the World. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press 2013. p. 537-678. German translation. C.H. Beck, 2013.
  • Oxford Handbook on the Cold War, co-editor with Richard Immerman. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • The Human Rights Revolution:  An International History.  Co-editor with Akira Iriye and William I. Hitchcock. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • “The Globalization of American Culture,” in Blackwell Companion in American Cultural History. Edited by Karen Halttunen. (New York: Blackwell, 2008), 246-262.
  • GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945-1949. Yale University Press, 2003. (Chinese translation forthcoming 2014).

Courses Taught


  • Global Connections (Global Studies Foundation Course)
  • Global Crisis (GenEd)
  • Superpower America
  • Writing Seminar in American History
  • Intermediate Writing Seminar in American History
  • America during World War II
  • Utopia-Dystopia: European Views of the United States Since 1800
  • The 1960s in International Perspective.
  • U.S. and German Cold War Perspectives, 1945-1990.
  • Cold War Culture in America
  • United States Foreign Relations.
  • United States since 1920.
  • United States, 1865 to the Present


  • Seminar in International History
  • Introduction to American History II (Since 1865)
  • Readings in Diplomatic History
  • Dissertation Colloquium