Heather L. Gumbert

Heather L Gumbert, Associate Professor, History.

Heather Gumbert

Heather L. Gumbert

Associate Professor


433 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061





Department Membership



  • Cultural History
  • Visual Culture
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European History

Professional Activities

  • Faculty Principal, The Honors Residential College 2013—2014 
  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Association for Slavic
  • East European and Eurasian Studies


  • Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. Trent University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2015

    Award for Excellence in Research, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2014

    Faculty Excellence Award, History Graduate Student Association, Virginia Tech, 2013

    Selected Publications


    Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014), xii, 242.


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

    “Should Women Vote? Using Cartoons to Teach the Suffrage Campaign in European History” (co-author with Tom Ewing, David Hicks, Jane Lehr, Amy Nelson and Robert Stephens) in Journal of Women’s History20, no. 3 (2008): 144-165.

    “Mythen and Lektionen des DDR-Fernsehens,” (Myths and Lessons of GDR Television) in Rundfunk und Geschichte 33, no. 3/4 (2007): 52-56.

    Additional Information

    Heather Gumbert is an Associate Professor of History, and affiliated faculty in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought). She also teaches courses for University Honors and Cinema. 2011-2014 Gumbert was one of the founding Principals of the Honors Residential College, where she lived with 320 bright and motivated Honors students. She still serves as a Senior Fellow. She is currently the Executive Editor of the VTUHR (Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Review).