Katharina Hering

Katharina Hering

Katharina Hering

Adjunct Faculty

U.S. History: Digital History, Oral History, Historiography, Archives and Libraries

Katharina Hering has been coordinating oral history programs and curating oral history collections for many years, including at the National Equal Justice Library (Georgetown Law Library) and at Special Collections & Archives at Fenwick Library. She graduated from George Mason University’s PhD program in history in 2009 and also holds a MLIS from the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh (2010). When she’s not teaching as an adjunct, she works as a digital project librarian at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. Before moving to the United States, she lived and studied in the port city of Hamburg, Germany. There, she worked with a community radio collective, which was just transitioning from analog to digital audio production.


Selected Publications

For a list of my publications and a full CV, please visit my Zotero page.

* "The representation of NARA’s INS records in Ancestry’s database portal," Archival Science (March 2022), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10502-022-09386-3

* “Palatines or Pennsylvania German Pioneers? The Development of Transatlantic Pennsylvania German Family and Migration History, 1890s-1966,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Special issue on Immigration and Ethnicity in Pennsylvania History, vol. 140, no. 3 (October 2016): 305-334.

* "Voice of the Voteless: The District of Columbia League of Women Voters, 1921-1941," Washington History, vol. 28, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 3-13.

* ”Provenance Meets Source Criticism,” Journal of Digital Humanities 3, no. 2 (2014), http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/3-2/provenance-meets-source-criticism/

* “‘That Food of the Memory which Gives the Clue to Profitable Research’: Oral history as a source for local, regional, and family history in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.” Oral History Review  34, no. 2 (2007): 27-48.

Courses Taught

Hist 390-DL4: The Digital Past: Doing Oral History in the Digital Age