Heather L. Gumbert
- Modern Europe/Germany
- Cultural History
- Television and Media Studies
- 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)
- Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
- M.A. The University of Texas at Austin
- B.A. Trent University
Awards and Honors
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).
"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.
Current Research: A 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.