Dr. Marion W. Gray
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1971)
Modern Germany; Gender History; Agricultural and Environmental History
Office: (269) 387-4645
4416 Friedmann Hall
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334
I teach a variety of courses in European history, including Western Civilization at the introductory level. I also teach courses dealing with gender history, the social and political history of modern Germany, agricultural history, global environmental history. At the graduate level, my teaching focuses often on gender, environment, and rural life. Chronologically, my graduate courses emphasize the age of the Enlightenment and Revolution, ca. 1750-1850, in German-speaking Europe, although I mentor graduate students in other periods and contexts of modern European history.
Much of my research focuses on the important transitional era spanning the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century, especially in German-speaking Europe. This period of the “Enlightenment” and of the French Revolution brought profound changes in the fabric of society of Germany. My work analyzes these changes from the perspectives of government, law, agriculture, environment, and gender. I am especially interested in the ways in which the creation of a modern market economy and scientific agriculture changed the lives of ordinary women and men. I am currently researching the local history of two villages in Brandenburg: Schlalach and Steglitz, the latter of which became a district of Berlin in the twentieth century. I am interested in the way in which inhabitants of these two places transformed their landscape and their relationship with the land, over time. More information.
“Ökologie, Gesellung und Herrschaft im königlichen Vorwerksdorf Schlalach in den 1760er Jahren” in Ländliche Ökonomien: Arbeit und Gesellung in der frühneuzeitlichen Agrargesellschaft, Silke Lesemann and Axel Lubinski, eds. 125-148. Aufklärung und Europa: Schriftenreihe des Forshungszentrums Europäische Aufklärung; e.V. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2007.
Gender in Transition: Discourse and Practice in German-Speaking Europe, 1750-1830. Co-edited with Ulrike Gleixner. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.
Productive Men and Reproductive Women: The Agrarian Household and the Emergence of Separate Spheres during the German Enlightenment. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2000.