Associate Professor of History and Department Chair
Contact & Office Hours
Wednesday, 2:30-4 p.m.,
Or by appointment.
Henshaw B1 205
Darcy Buerkle is associate professor of history at Smith College and an affiliate in the Study of Women and Gender. In 2011–12, Buerkle held the Walter Benjamin Chair in German Jewish History and Culture at the Humboldt University-Berlin. From 2014 to January 2016 she served as director of the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, which is housed at Mount Holyoke College.
Buerkle has been honored with two teaching awards granted by the Student Government Association at Smith, the most recent was at Rally Day in 2013. Her typical course offerings include two surveys in European women's and gender history (HST 252 and HST 253), in addition to a range of colloquia and seminars such as History and Memory (HST 246) and History of Psychoanalysis (HST 255). She teaches advanced topical courses in historiography (HST 350), such as Memory and History, Recent Debates in Gender and Sexuality, and Histories of the Holocaust (HST 355).
Her research focuses on modern European women's and gender history with an emphasis on German and German Jewish women's intellectual and cultural history. She has worked extensively on the history of emotion and German visual culture of the early 20th century. The author of numerous journal articles, her most recent essay, "The Nun's Story: ‘True in its Essentials,’” was published in 2018. Buerkle’s book, Nothing Happened: Charlotte Salomon and an Archive of Suicide, was published in December 2013 by the University of Michigan Press. She also wrote an essay on Käthe Kollwitz and Smith College in 2016. Her current book project is provisionally titled The Force of Elsewhere. In this work, she examines the development of psychological relief efforts and related visual cultures in Germany.