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



  • Modern Europe/Germany
  • Cultural History
  • Television and Media Studies

Professional Activities

  • 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

Research Interests

    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

    Selected Publications


    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.

    Additional Information

    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.