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Biography

Gesine Gerhard's Biography

I grew up in Germany and got my MA in history from the University of Berlin.  The years in Berlin from 1989-1994 were the most exciting years of my life.  I was an eyewitness to the fall of the Berlin Wall (yes, I danced on the wall during those nights in November 1989…) and of the transformation of Berlin into (again) the metropolis of Central Europe.  After a one-year stay in Italy, I came to the United States for graduate school.  I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 2000 and have been working at Pacific ever since.  In this country, I not only fulfilled my professional dreams of becoming a professor of history, but I also found the person with whom I want to spend the rest of my life with.  We now have a son and two daughters who are Stocktonians!