The Department of History
Associate Professor and Chair
German and women’s history
Phone: (646) 312-4332
Katherine Pence began teaching in the History Department at Baruch College in the Fall of 2002.
Originally from Oakland, California, she got a B.A. in history from Pomona College in Claremont, California. She then received her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Michigan where she studied German gender history with advisors Geoff Eley and Kathleen Canning. Her courses reflect her areas of specialty in German and European history, history of the Cold War, gender history, the history of consumption, and other themes in cultural history.
Professor Pence has written widely on the history of consumer culture in both East and West Germany. Her current research and writing focuses on cultural aspects of East and West German trade relations with decolonizing countries in Africa in the 1950s and 1960s.
Pence became Chair of the History Department in January 2011. She is also the director and co-founder of a Women’s Studies program and minor at the college. Pence also collaborated with students in establishing a History Club and was the faculty mentor for the Club for many years.
Before arriving at Baruch College, Pence taught for three years at Adrian College, a small liberal arts school in Michigan. She spent one year as a James Bryant Conant post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. Her research has been funded by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Friedrich Ebert Research Foundation, PSC-CUNY grants, a Eugene Lang Fellowship, and a Whiting Fellowship awarded for outstanding teaching. She lives in Brooklyn.