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
2013-2014 Moody Research Grant, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, University of
2005–2006 Fulbright-IIE Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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.