Prof. Dr. Martin Klimke


Affiliated Researcher

E-mail: klimke[at]nyu.edu
Tel.: +971-2-6284-676 (UAE)
Address: New York University Abu Dhabi; P.O. Box 129188; Behind the ADIA Building & Across Al Nasr Street from the Cultural Foundation
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Martin Klimke

Associate Professor of History (NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty)

M.A., Ph.D. University of Heidelberg

Martin Klimke is a n Associate Professor of History at the Abu Dhabi Faculty of the New York University (NYU) and an associated scholar with the Chair for Transatlantic History at the University of Augsburg.. His research explores the intersections of political and cultural, diplomatic and transnational history. It is dedicated to the role of America in the world with an emphasis on processes of transnational exchange in U.S.-European relations in the twentieth century, and more particularly in the period of the Cold War.

Klimke analyzes the multi-faceted impact “American” ideas and cultural practices have had once adopted in different sociopolitical settings, and the ways in which U.S. history has become intertwined with other countries’ politics and societies. The increasingly global cultural, political, and military presence of the United States, especially after World War II, as well as the country’s complex entanglement with the forces of globalization, are at the center of his scholarly interests. A special focus of his research is transnational protest movements, processes of cultural transfer, and global networks of dissent, e.g. with respect to 1960/70s protest movements, the African American freedom struggle in the 20th century, or the grassroots activism of the 1980s.

Klimke has taught at the University of Heidelberg, Georgetown University, Rutgers University, and Meiji University, Tokyo. He is the author of The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany and the U.S. in the Global Sixties (Princeton UP, 2010) and, together with Maria Höhn, A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

He is also the co-editor of the publication series Protest, Culture and Society (Berghahn Books, New York/Oxford). Other recent publications include The Establishment Responds: Power, Politics, and Protest since 1945 (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, edited with Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Joachim Scharloth, and Laura Wong). He is currently co-directing the research projects and digital archive The Nuclear Crisis: Cold War Cultures and the Politics of Peace and Security, 1975-1990 and is writing a transnational biography of peace activist Petra Kelly.


For more information see www.maklimke.com