Darcy Buerkle is Professor of History at Smith College where she served as chair of the department from 2018- 2021. She has held the Walter Benjamin Chair in German Jewish History and Culture at the Humboldt University-Berlin and from 2014 to January 2016 she was director of the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, which is housed at Mount Holyoke College.
Her research focuses on modern European women’s and gender history with an emphasis on German and German Jewish women’s intellectual and cultural history. She has worked extensively on the history of emotion and German visual culture of the early 20th century. Buerkle’s first book, Nothing Happened: Charlotte Salomon and an Archive of Suicide, was published in December 2013 by the University of Michigan Press; a co-edited volume with Skye Doney titled Belonging and Exclusion: George Mosse and Contemporary Europe is forthcoming in 2022 from the University of Wisconsin Press. She is currently working on two single-authored book projects: 1) The Force of Elsewhere: Fred Zinnemann’s Films 1940–1960, in which she explores the visual rhetoric of departure and landscape as signal and recurring moments in Zinnemann’s oeuvre and 2) Gender, Guilt, and Democracy 1945–1960, which charts women’s contributions to the question of postwar German guilt and the related matters of retribution, and redress through democratic education. In this project, Buerkle seeks a transnational and racialized telling of gendered involvement on the matters of democracy and moral injury, and the possibility of reconciliation and related political action. Buerkle is the author of numerous journal articles on visual culture/cinema, German Jews, and pedagogy.