Javier standing in front of Marta Minujín's "Parthenon of Books" at Documenta 14

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United States

Javier Samper Vendrell

Assistant Professor

Javier Samper Vendrell is Assistant Professor of German Studies at Grinnell College. His research focuses on LGBTQ history in Germany. He received a PhD in Modern European History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was also part of its distinguished Program in Gender and Women’s History. Samper Vendrell was the recipient of a George L. Mosse Graduate Fellowship in LGBT History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the only five-year fellowship of its kind in the United States. His work has been supported by grants from the Council for European Studies, Central European History Society, and Grinnell College’s Committee for the Support of Faculty Scholarship. Samper Vendrell has published articles in The Germanic ReviewGerman Studies Reviewand in the Journal of the History of Sexuality on topics such as Weimar cinema; the queer history of the Holocaust; and youth psychology and adolescent sexuality in the early twentieth century. His first book, The Seduction of Youth: Print Culture and Homosexual Rights in the Weimar Republic, was published in 2020 by the University of Toronto Press. The book is part of a body of growing interdisciplinary cultural studies that address the production of non-normative sexual identities, the history of homophobia, and the relationship between mass culture and politics. In particular, it investigates the wide-spread belief at the time that homosexuals were cunning seducers of youth and how those within the homosexual emancipation movement reacted against this pervasive homophobic trope. In addition to German language courses, Samper Vendrell’s teaching interests encompass nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and European cultural history; race, gender and sexuality; and youth and popular cultures. 


Education and Degrees

B.A. University of Iowa, 2010
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015


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