Dr. Paehler received her MA from the Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany in 1994 and her Ph.D. from American University in Washington, DC in 2004. She has taught at Illinois State University since August 2004 and publishes on Modern German and European history.
Modern Germany; Nazi Germany & the Holocaust; Intelligence History; History and Memory; Film and History
"Gender and Espionage: Hildegard Beetz, the Ciano Affairs, and Female Agency," in Gender and the Second World War: Lessons of War, eds. Corinna Peniston-Bird and Emma Vickers. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 73-87
(with Peter Hayes), "Verhaftungen, Internierungen, Repatriierungen" and "Verhöre in der 'Mülltonne'," in Eckart Conze, Norbert Frei, Peter Hayes, and Moshe Zimmermann, Das Amt und die Vergangenheit: Deutsche Diplomaten im Dritten Reich und in der Bundesrepublik. Munich: Karl Blessing Verlag, 2010, 321-342.
"The wrong -grad, the wrong victims: Investigating the (West-) German Historiographical Discourse on the Siege of Leningrad," in Re-calling the Past—(Re-)Constructing the Past. Collective and Individual Memory of World War II in Russia and Germany, eds. Withold Bonner and Arja Rosenholm, 31-41. Helsinki: Aleksanteri Institute, 2008.
"Foreign Intelligence in a New Paradigm: Amt VI of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA)," in Secret Intelligence and the Holocaust. Collected Essays from the Colloquium at the City University of New York Graduate Center, ed. David Bankier, 273-299. New York and Jerusalem: Enigma Books and Yad Vashem, 2006.
"Ein Spiegel seiner Selbst: Der SD-Ausland in Italien," in Nachrichtendienst, politische Elite und Mordeinheit. Der Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers SS, ed. Michael Wildt, 241-266. Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2003.
New Books Network with Ryan Stackhouse. Katrin Paehler, The Third Reich's Intelligence Service. The Career of Walter Schellenberg. Spring 2018. http://newbooksnetwork.com/katrin-paehler-the-third-reichs-intelligence-service-the-career-of-walter-shellenberg-cambridge-university-press-2017/
The Third Reich History Podcast with Ryan Stackhouse. Spies, Lies, and Nazis—Paehler on the Fine Art of Source Critique. Spring 2018. https://soundcloud.com/user-272162829-304060047/spies-lies-and-nazis-paehler-on-the-fine-art-of-source-critiquere.
with David M. Messenger, eds. A Nazi Past. Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe. Lexington: The University of Kentucky Press, 2015.
"Breaking the Post-War Goose-Step: Three Films by Michael Verhoeven," Shofar. In Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 28/4 (Summer 2010): 41-56
"Creating an Alternative Foreign Office: A Reassessment of Office VI of the Reich Main Security Office," Journal of Intelligence History 8 (Winter 2008/2009): 27-42.
The Third Reich's Intelligence Services: The Career of Walter Schellenberg. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
"Selling Fascism Abroad: 'The American Illustrated News: The Bridge Across the Atlantic,'" Paper, Symposium on Teaching History and the Social Science, Normal, January 2017.
"The District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa: A Three Dimensional Yizkor-Book?" Paper at "Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath" Sarajevo, June 2017.
"The 'Era of the Witness' Ends—Holocaust Education in the 21st Century." Lecture, Symposium, Teaching the 20th Century in the 21st Century, Illinois State University, January 2016.
"The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: 9 November in German History." Lecture, Academy of Seniors, Illinois State University, October 2016.
Roundtable "Holocaust Pedagogy," Lessons & Legacies, Claremont, November 2016.
"Auslandsspionage---Ideologie und Illusion. Das Amt VI des Reichssicherheitshauptamtes." Invited Lecture at Topographie des Terrors, Berlin, Germany, November 2014.
"Greece and the Greek Jewish Community during WW II." Talk for Summer Session I of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, June 2014.
"Shadow Wars, Nazi Style: Nazi Germany's Foreign Intelligence and 1944." 1944: Seventy Years On, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK, April 2014.
"Spying While Female: Hildegard Beetz, Nazi Espionage, and the Quest for the Ciano Diaries." Strochlitz Center for Holocaust Studies, The Weiss-Livnat International MA in Holocaust Studies, University of Haifa, Israel, May 2014.
"Filming (West-)German Politics of the Past:" The Example of Michael Verhoeven." Paper, Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association, Chicago, IL, May 2013.
"Gender and Nazi Espionage: Hildegard Beetz, the Ciano Affair, and Female Agency." Lessons of War: Gender History and the Second World War, Lancaster University, UK, September 2013
"How the Spymaster Recast Himself as the Diplomat: Walter Schellenberg, the Western Allies, and Adventures in Storytelling." Invited Lecture, The Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, March 2013.
"On Book Burning." Invited Keynote for Opening of USHMM's traveling exhibit "Fighting the Fires of Hatred: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" at Vespasian Warner Public Library in Clinton, IL, December 2009