Department of History

Krista Molly O'Donnell

Office:   Atrium 203
Phone:   (973) 720-2146
Office Hours:   T 9:20- 11:20; W 12:30- 1:30; By Appointment

Department: History
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: European History


PhD, History--State University of New York at Binghamton, 1996

BS--State University of New York at Oneonta, 1988

Select Publications

Book Review. The American Historical Review, 114 (Oct. 2009):1040–1041, of George Steinmetz. The Devil's Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa. (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2007.

Chief editor and contributor to the anthology: The Heimat Abroad: The Boundaries of Germanness, co-edited with Renate Bridenthal and Nancy Reagin (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005).

Introduction and chapter, “Home, Nation, Empire: Domestic Germanness and Colonial Citizenship,” in The Heimat Abroad.

Chapter: “The First Children of the Occupation: Afro-German Children in Colonial Southwest Africa,” in Not So Plain as Black and White: A Multidisciplinary Examination of the Afro-German Experience, ed. Patricia Mazon and Reinhild Steingröver (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2005).

Journal Article: “Poisonous Women: Danger, Illicit Violence, and Domestic Work in German Southwest Africa, 1904-1915” The Journal of Women's History, 11, no. 3 (Autumn 1999): 31-54.

Translation, notes and header: “German Women’s Letters from Southern Africa” in Lives and Voices: Sources in European Women’s History, ed. Merry Wiesner and Lisa DiCaprio, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000).

Selected Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

WPUNJ Sabbatical Award, 2010-2010.

WPUNJ Assigned Release Time grant for research, 1997-present.

William Paterson University Faculty Development Grant, Provost’s Office, 2008. Research trip to Namibian National Archives and Library in Windhoek May – June 2008.

Successful Student Submission Writing Across the Curriculum Student Writing Award, 2006.

Co-Chair, Columbia University Seminar on Women and Society, 2003-2005.

Shared recipient of 1999 WPU DARE award in Student Development to WPU Women’s Center for “Love Your Body Day” Women’s History Month Program

Southwest State University Mentors for Academic Success and Diversity, Special Student Award (1997)

Distinguished Dissertation in the Social Sciences Award, Binghamton University (1996)

Alternate, American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship (1994-5)

Fulbright Research Fellowship, Universität Bielefeld, Germany (1992-3)

D.A.A.D. (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant for Ph.D. Candidates and recent Ph.D.'s (declined)

D.A.A.D. Hochschulsommerkurs Grant, University of Mannheim (1992)

National Merit Scholarship (1994-8)

Rutgers Presidential Scholarship (Rutgers University’s highest undergraduate award)