Graduate Student Bios

Jesse Siegel is a PhD Candidate in Modern European History, with a minor field in Global Comparative Studies. His dissertation is a history of German businessmen in Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1948, exploring how the German minority economic elite instrumentalized nationality in the international market to navigate economic and political ruptures. This research takes a transnational approach to the lived experience of German-Czechoslovak businessmen and managers by studying them as a professional class embracing a variety of political and cultural identities depending on their historical circumstances. The project therefore broadly addresses how nationality, citizenship, the nation-state, and capitalist economic practice changed in mid-20th century Central Europe.