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.  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 late 1950s and 1960s. 



African American History since 1865

The Long Civil Rights Movement

African American Women

History of Childhood and Youth

Post-1945 U.S. History

U.S. History since 1865

The United States and the Cold War

The Sixties



PREP Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for research on book project, “Dying Young: Famed Youth Deaths and Public Policy in Modern America”

NEH Summer Institute, Hutchins Center, Harvard University, 2017

Research and Creative Activity Grant, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 2017

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

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

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

Moody Research Grant, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, University of Texas, Austin, 2013-14

Stoler Fellowship, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2013

Psi Iota Fellowship, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, 2014 (declined)

Louise McNutt Research Fellowship, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2010-11


Publication Highlights

“‘What My Generation Makes of America’: American Youth Citizenship, Civil Rights Allies, and the 1960s Black Freedom Struggle,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 10.3 (Fall 2017), forthcoming.

Growing Up America: Youth and Politics since 1945, co-edited with Sara Fieldston and Paul Mokrzycki Renfro, forthcoming (under contract with University of Georgia Press).

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

“Str[a]ight from My Heart”: Black Lives, Affective Citizenship, and 1960s U.S. Politics,” History of Emotions Conference, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, June 2, 2018.

Research Symposium on Childhood and War, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, March 2018.

“German Youth Correspondents, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement Abroad,” German Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, October 7, 2017.

“International Youth Diplomacy, Rights Discourses, and the Black Freedom Struggle Abroad,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), Arlington, VA, June 23-25, 2017.

“‘Let the Colored Population Have the Same Rights’: Youth Ambassadors, International Friendships, and the Cold War Civil Rights Era,” Organization of American Historians, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6-9, 2017.

“‘Why Must There Be War?’: Young Correspondents, U.S. Politics, and the LBJ Administration, 1963-1968,” American Historical Association, Denver, Colorado, January 5-8, 2017.

“‘What My Generation Makes of America’: Letter Writing, Political Kinship, and Everyday Youth Activism during the 1960s Civil Rights Era,” Australasian Society for the History of Children and Youth Symposium, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, Dec. 12-13, 2016.

‘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.



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