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Dr. Adam Seipp

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My dissertation examines the politics of the environment during the American occupation of Germany from 1945 to 1955 and argues that the environment provided a space for Germans to utilize pre-war traditions and laws to contest the policies and sovereignty of the American Military Government.


  • “Occupying the Environment: German Hunters and the American Occupation” in Camilo Erlichman and Christopher Knowles, eds., Transforming Occupation in the Western Zones of Germany: Politics, Everyday Life, and Social Interactions, 1945-1955 (London: Bloomsbury, 2018):151-168.
  • “STEG and the Occupation of Germany: Demilitarization as Reconstruction, 1945-1952,” War in History Vol. 25 no. 1 (January 2018): 103-125.


  • Texas A&M University Dissertation Fellowship, 2019
  • Berlin Center for Advanced German and European Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • DAAD Research Grant, 2015-2016