Alexander Compton

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A.A. Bluegrass Community and Technical College
B.A. University of Kentucky

Research Interests

Modern Central Europe
Transnational History
Diaspora Studies
Identity & Race
Environmental History

Dissertation Topic


Faculty Advisor

Astrid M. Eckert
Matthew J. Payne


Before joining Emory’s History Department in 2018, I received two bachelor degrees from the University of Kentucky, the first in history and the second in German studies and international economics. During my undergraduate career, I also studied abroad at the Universität Heidelberg in Germany, which allowed me to conduct research for my undergraduate thesis “War, Sovereignty, and the Longing of Nations: An Investigation into the Influence of the United States of America on German Unification (1861 - 1871).”

My main concentration is on the history of German-speaking Central Europe since 1870 with a thematic focus on transnational connections, diasporas, identity, and race. I also have developing interests in the history of the environment and collective memory.