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Kristin Poling


Assistant Professor of History
2196 SSB (Social Sciences Building)
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128


Dr. Poling is an assistant professor of history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her research areas include the development of the modern city and urban space in central Europe. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled: "The Urban Frontier: Nation, Nature, and the City in Nineteenth-Century Germany."

Her courses at UM-Dearborn include HIST 103: The World since 1500, HIST 343: Germany before Hitler, HIST 389: Nazi Germany, HIST 3368: Germany since 1945, HIST 3380: European Cities, 1750-2000, HIST 390X: Science, Nature, & Society in Modern Europe, and HIST 4999: Senior Research Seminar. She is also a faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the history student group.

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Selected Publications

“A Walhalla in the Wasteland: Carl Ernest Schmidt and the Quest of One German-American Businessman to Save Michigan’s Forests,” Society of German American Studies Symposium, San Antonio, TX, April 30, 2016.

“Berlin, Frontier City: The Lenné Triangle Incident and West Berlin’s Frontier Zone in the 1980s,” in The Design of Frontier Spaces: Control and Ambiguity, 31-44. Edited by Andreas Luescher and Carolyn Loeb. Ashgate, 2015.

“Shantytowns and Pioneers Beyond the City Wall: Berlin’s Urban Frontier in the Nineteenth Century,“ Central European History 47 (2014): 245-274.

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