Shelley Elizabeth Rose
 Title: Associate Professor
Director of Social Studies
 Dept: History
 Office: RT 1323
 Phone: 216-687-3935
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1323, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
history, Germany, Europe, gender, transnational, peace, protest movements, digital humanities, communities of practice
Ph.D., Modern German History, Binghamton University, 2010
M.A., Modern European History, Binghamton University, 2005
B.A., History and Secondary Education, Western New England College, 2003
Brief Bio:
Professor Rose joined the History Department in Fall 2011. She received her PhD from Binghamton University where her dissertation was awarded the Distinguished Dissertation Award in Social Sciences. Her research interests include German history, European history, gender studies, protest movements. digital humanities, and transnational history.

Rose's research focuses emphasizes the importance of individual political engagement through the use of biographical analysis and broader investigation of gendered conceptualizations of peace as "feminine" compared to assumptions that militarism and war are historically "masculine." In the German case, these common assumptions polarized the relationship between institutional party politics and extra-parliamentary movements in the twentieth century. This study of individual activists fosters a deeper understanding of transnational peace networks between 1921 and 1983. Rose is currently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript, Gender and the Politics of Peace: Cooperative Activism and Transnational Networks on the German Left, 1921-1983.

This research has also led to two peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2016, "Place and Politics at the Frankfurt Paulskirche after 1945" appeared in the Journal of Urban History. "Place and Politics" investigates the reconstruction of the Frankfurt Paulskirche as a symbol of German democratic identity after World War II. Drawing on insights from geographers who study the meaning of space, Rose argues the Paulskirche provided postwar Germans with a physical anchor for their sense of history and feelings of Heimat. This place identity pervades post-1945 debates about the reconstruction of the church and the appropriate uses of that space in the context of Frankfurt's devastated urban and political landscape. Politicians, feminists, and peace activists all attempted to control the place identity of the Paulskirche after reconstruction, ultimately transcribing the space with additional political meaning. Her 2011 article "The Penumbra of Weimar Politics: Pacifism, Feminism, and Social Democracy," published in Peace & Change, challenges the body of scholarship that argues rampant nationalism overshadowed international goodwill and positive political exchanges before the rise of the Nazi Regime in 1933.

Rose is also expanding her research into the digital humanities. Her new project "Protest Spaces" ( is a geospatial database of peace demonstrations in the United States and Germany. She is an advisory board member of the CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities (CPHDH) and she is a co-convener of the German Studies Association seminar "The Future of Digital Humanities in German History and German Studies" (

Her teaching interests include German and European history, world history, gender history, and transnational history. Professor Rose offers courses in Modern German and twentieth-century European history.  As Director of Social Studies for the History Department, Rose regularly teaches HIS 104: Modern World History, HIS 200: Introduction to Geography, HIS 299: Introduction to Historical Studies, HIS 353/553: 20th Century Europe, and HIS 370/570: Historiography of World History.  

Rose serves as the primary advisor for Social Studies majors in the history department and founded the program blog Social Studies @ CSU ( in 2012.  In 2014 and 2015, she received Undergraduate Summer Research Awards from the CSU Office of Research to connect historical thinking with various aspects of pedagogy. In 2015-2016 she partnered with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County for the K-12 Teacher Institute and follow-up series "Migration in Global Context: History, Narrative, and Project-Based Learning." This program is generously supported by a grant from Ohio Humanities.
Research Interests:
German history
Gender history
Transnational history
European history
World history
Peace and protest movements
19th and 20th Century Pacifist Networks
Teaching Areas:
Modern German History
European History
World History
Social Studies and Secondary Education
Human Geography
World Geography