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Heather L. Gumbert

Heather Gumbert, Associate Professor

Heather Gumbert, Associate Professor
Heather Gumbert, Associate Professor

Department of History
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8378 |

Heather Gumbert is an associate professor of history at Virginia Tech. She is currently researching the transnational history of television in the twentieth century, as well as a more focused work on the emergence and growth of industrial television centers in cities that became significant nodes in postwar networks of circulation and exchange.

  • Modern Europe/ Germany
  • Cultural History
  • Television and Media Studies
  • Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. Trent University
  • Associate Chair, Department of History, 2016-
  • Executive Editor, Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Review, Virginia Tech, 2014-
  • Faculty Principal, The Honors Residential College 2013—2014 
  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Excellence in Administration Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2019
  • Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, Virginia Tech, 2015
  • Favorite Faculty Award, Division of Student Affairs, Virginia Tech, 2012 and 2014
  • Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2013
  • Barnes F. Lathrop Prize for Best Dissertation in History, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007


Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014).

Journal Articles

"Exploring Transnational Media Exchange in the 1960s" in VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture 3, no. 5 (2014), 50-59.

“Cold War Theaters: Cosmonaut Titov at the Berlin Wall” in Into the Cosmos: Space Exploration, Culture and Soviet Society in the Khrushchev and Cold War Era, edited by James Andrews and Asif Siddiqi (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), 240-262.

“Constructing a Socialist Landmark: the Berlin Television Tower” in Berlin, Divided City, edited by Philip Broadbent and Sabine Hake (Providence, R.I.: Berghahn, 2010), 89-99.

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