Panel: “Constructing Ethnicity Through Rhetoric,” Ninth Annual Conference on Power and Struggle, Graduate History Association, History Department, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, September 22-23, 2017 (Commentator)

Roundtable Discussion: “Teaching the History of Technology to Non-History Majors,” Annual Meeting of The Society for the History of Technology, October 26-29, 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Moderator)

“Recruiting the Highly Skilled since ‘Project Paperclip,’” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Panel: “Politics, Propaganda, and Policy: World War II’s effect on international and domestic relations,” Sacramento, California, April 12-14, 2018


“Developing Students to Succeed in Active Learning Classrooms,” roundtable at International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms, University of Minnesota, August 9-11, 2017

“NASA and the South: New Directions in NASA History,” NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement Conference, Huntsville, AL, March 16-17, 2017

“Immigration and Technology: Using the Lens of Science and Technology to Explore Immigration History,” Southern American Studies Association Biennial Conference: Migrations and Circulations, Williamsburg, VA, March 2-4, 2017

Panel: Lost and Found in 19th- and 20th-Century Science, 2016 History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 3-6, 2017 (Chair)

“The German von Braun Team and 20th Century American National Identity,” International Studies Association 57th

Annual Convention, Panel: The Messy Aftermath of War – Fumbling for Peace After World War II, Atlanta, GA, March 16-19, 2016

“Off the Tenure Track but in the Classroom: Are There Short-Term Reforms That Can Make a Difference for Faculty and Students?” 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Atlanta, GA, January 7-10, 2016

Migrating Competence, Knowledge, and Expertise: On the Role of ‘Special Skills’ in Navigating New Destinations,”

2014 Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, March 18-22, 2014 (Panel organizer, Chair, and Commentator)

“Aerospace History: Changes in the Field through the Eyes of AHA Aerospace History Fellows,” AHA 128th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2-5, 2014

“Alabama’s German Rocketeers: The first immigrants recruited for their ‘special skills’?” 79th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Panel: “Many Peoples, Many Paths: Diversifying the Immigration Debate, Past and Present,” St. Louis, MO, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2013

“’I Never Thought of Them as Foreigners’: German Rocketeers in Huntsville, Alabama,” Maryland Colloquium on the

History of Technology, Science & Environment, Department of History, University of Maryland College Park, March 7, 2013

“German Rocketeers in Alabama,” NMAH Tuesday Colloquium, National Museum of American History, June 26, 2012 “Generational Memories of the Nazi Past among Germans in Huntsville, Alabama,” presidential panels “Remembering and Forgetting the Past They Left Behind: Migration and Generational Memory, I and II,” 36th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Boston, Massachusetts, 17-20 November, 2011 (Panel Organizer, Chair, Presenter)

“How rockets and symphonies transformed Huntsville, Alabama,” 77th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Panel: “Economic Progress and Identity in the Twentieth-Century South,” Baltimore, MD, October 27-30, 2011

“Heroes or villains? Dealing with the von Braun team and its Nazi past in Huntsville, Alabama,” Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, July 23, 2011

“Displaying Transcultural Memories: A Provocative and Unlikely Exhibit for the German Rocket Experts in Huntsville, Alabama,” Work-in-Progress Presentation, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 21, 2011

“Lost and found OR History dropped at the border: Reclaiming memories of German ‘Rocket Scientists’ in Huntsville, Alabama,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Pensacola, FL, April 6-9, 2011

“Negotiating Cultural Memories: Integrating German Immigrants in Huntsville, Alabama, after 1945,” Transcultural Memory Conference, Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, February 4-6, 2010

“’Rocket Scientists’ and Race Relations in Northern Alabama,” Panel: “Migration, Science, and Technology,” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Practices of Citizenship, Sustainability, and Belonging, Washington, D.C., November 5-8, 2009 (Panel Organizer and Presenter)

“Sideshow or Center Stage? The Battle over Emphasis in Remembering German Rocket Specialists in America,” Annual Meeting of The Society for the History of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA, October 15-18, 2009

“Transnational Memories and National History: How German Rocket Engineers Became Americans in Huntsville, Alabama,” Resident Fellows Seminar, Hall Center for the Humanities, The University of Kansas, May 5, 2009

“Globalizing Spaceflight History in Huntsville, Alabama,” 123rd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Panel: “Spaceflight, Place, and Memory in a Global Setting,” New York City, January 2-5, 2009

“Migrants’ life stories in teaching and research: Session in honor of Christiane Harzig,” Social Science History Association Conference, Miami, FL, October 23-26, 2008

“‘Say What!?’ Gender and Climate Change,” annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Boston, MA, August 1-4, 2008 (Paper presented with Joane Nagel)

“Rockets, Kultur, and Pumpernickel: How Germans complicate America after WWII”, The Historical Society’s 6th Biennial Conference, Migration, Diaspora, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, June 5-7, 2008

“Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…Is this thing on?: Technology Options for Oral Histories” and “Working with Teachers and Students.” (Breakout Sessions) Oral History Workshop – Learning to Hear the Stories IX: “Beyond These Hallowed Halls—Educating America,” The University of Kansas, March 28, 2008 (Moderator)

“Rethinking ‘Operation Paperclip’: A Transnational Perspective,” Seventh European Social Science History Conference, Ethnicity and Migration Network panel, “Refugee Politics and Refugee Relief,” Lisbon, Portugal, Feb 26 – March 1, 2008

“Histories Intertwined: Rockets, Kultur, and Pumpernickel in Huntsville, Alabama,” 32nd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, “History and the Social Sciences: Taking Stock and Moving Ahead,” Immigration/Migration Network Session: “Immigrant Communities and Their Effect on Host Societies,” Chicago, IL, November 15-18, 2007

“’Operation Paperclip’ and Huntsville, Alabama,” Remembering the Space Age: 50th Anniversary Conference, NASA History Division and National Air and Space Museum Division of Space History, October 22-23, 2007

“Negotiating the Past: German rocket specialists and their families in Huntsville, Alabama,” Work-in-Progress Presentation, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June, 2007

“Rethinking ‘Operation Paperclip’: A Transnational Perspective,” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, The United States from Inside and Out: Transnational American Studies, Oakland, CA, October 12-15, 2006 (Panel organizer and Presenter)

“A Contested History: ‘Project Paperclip’ and the German Community in Huntsville, AL,” Diaspora Experiences: German-Speaking Immigrants and Their Descendants, Waterloo Centre for German Studies, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, August 24-27, 2006

“‘Sayonara’ & ‘A Foreign Affair’: Fraternizing in the movies,” Mid-America Conference on History, The University of Kansas, September 22-24, 2005 (Panel organizer and Presenter)

“Improvising Germany: On the construction of ‘German Jazz’ at the annual Jazzforum in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1995,” Improvising America colloquium, KU Interdisciplinary Jazz Studies Group (KUIJSG), University of Kansas, March 3, 2005

“Comparing representations of the war on Iraq in 2003 in U.S. and German newspapers,” Creating Communities, Mid- America American Studies Association (MAASA) – Lawrence, KS, April 17-19, 2004