Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, 2014

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007

B.A., Freie Universität Berlin, 2005



Dr. Eckelmann Berghel specializes in the histories of children and youth, American race relations, Modern U.S. and transnational history.  The following questions broadly define her current and second book-length projects: What roles do children and teenagers play in modern societies?  How does the “business of childhood” advance, challenge, and transform notions of citizenship and political identity?  How do the civic actions and the symbolic deaths of young people intersect, forging new understandings of cultural exchange and modern-day political systems? Her current manuscript in progress, Freedom’s Little Lights: The World of Children and Teenagers in the U.S. and Abroad during the Civil Rights Era, examines the nexus of teenage youth, civil rights, and Cold War politics during the 1950s and 1960s.  



History of Childhood

Post-1945 U.S. History

The Long Civil Rights Movement

U.S. History since 1865

The United States and the Cold War



2016                North American History Fellowship, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. 

2016                Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs (CRISP) Grant, UTC

2015                 Ruth S. Holmberg Grant for Faculty Excellence, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

2013-2014       Moody Research Grant, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, University of Texas, Austin

2013                 Stoler Fellowship, Indiana University-Bloomington

2012                 Wiseman Fellowship, Indiana University-Bloomington

2005–2006      Fulbright-IIE Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Publication Highlights

Freedom’s Little Lights: The World of Children and Teenagers in the U.S. and Abroad during the Civil Rights Era (book manuscript in progress) 


Conference & Presentation Highlights

‘Our Greatest Enemy’: Teenage Ambassadors, Anti-Communist Rhetoric, and Cold War Civil Rights,” Long Nineteenth Century Conference: Nationalism, Industrialization, and Faith, Southern Adventist University, April 22, 2016. 

“Will the Colored Race Ever Be Satisfied”: The Worldviews of American Teenage Youth during the Civil Rights Era,” Black History Month Lecture, Dalton State College, February 23, 2016. 

“The Politics of Jelly Beans, Bake Sales, and the Wizard of Oz: Youth and Politics during the Civil Rights Era,” Pedagogy, Place and the Nature(s) of Childhood, Sewanee: the University of the South, Oct. 24, 2015.

“Not Old Enough to Know All of It:” The Business of Childhood and the 1963 Children’s Crusade, Society for the History of Childhood and Youth,Vancouver, CA, June 24-16, 2015.

“Her Fate Is My Responsibility”: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Worldview of Children and Teenagers, African-American History month lecture series, E. G. Fisher Public Library, Athens, TN, February 10, 2015.

“The Transnational Landscapes of Civil Rights and Anti-Racist Activism,” Panel, American Historical Association, Jan. 2-5, 2015, New York City, New York.

“Our Future, Delinquents, and Gifts from God: Challenges and Revelations in New Histories of Childhood and Youth,” Roundtable, American Historical Association, Jan. 2-5, 2015, New York City, New York.

“The Coming of Age: Race, Youth, and Politics in the Twentieth Century South,” Southern Historical Association, Oct. 2014, Atlanta, Georgia. 



Executive Board Member, Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, 2013-2015.

Field Editor, U.S. History Field, Dissertation Reviews, 2014-2015.

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Society for the History of Children and Youth 

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

The Southern Historical Association

American Studies Association