Dr Claudia Kreklau

Claudia Kreklau

BA Warwick, MA Warwick, MA Emory, PhD Emory

Contact Details

Email: ck230@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462892
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914





Teaching and Research Interests

After degrees in History and Culture and the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, I joined Emory University’s History department in 2013. My PhD dissertation and current book project “Eat as the King Eats” shows nineteenth-century German households used foodways to construct middle-class identity and thereby significantly shaped contemporary modern eating practices. I joined St. Andrews’ School of History in 2018, where my ongoing research interests include the relationship between German courts and middling members of society throughout German modernization. I have published on the importance of food symbolism at German diplomatic banquets, and am working on an article on the role of German courts in centralizing culinary education in the mid-nineteenth century. Questions of harvest failures, social survival, and food as a means of social control influence my teaching of the 3000-level module on the 1848 Revolutions. The larger concerns of German democratization and liberal sentiment as part of monarchy-middling relations informs my teaching of the 4000-level special subject and 3000-level class on Otto von Bismarck, the somewhat bourgeois Prussian nobleman, and his challenging sovereign, Kaiser Wilhelm II, respectively.


Research Projects

Current Research

My second book project studies cosmetic practices celebrating gender-deviant beauty in the context of intellectual and popular ontological debates in nineteenth-century German-speaking central Europe. I have found that contrary to the image of the hyper-masculine nineteenth century in the literature, nineteenth-century Germany was also the home of intellectuals, artists, thinkers, and consumers who greatly admired gender-deviance, influenced by the classics and such writers as Wickelmann. My study aims to recover the story between the turn towards militarization on the one hand, and the phenomena that made Berlin the birthplace of modern gay culture in 1900.

I have been supported by the German Historical Institute, Washington, the Wellcome Trust, London, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne, and the Central European History Society of the American Historical Association. I also won the 2017 German Studies Association Graduate Student Essay prize for my study of romantic aesthetics’ impact on ichthyologic research during the Second Scientific Revolution.


  • “When ‘Germany’ became the new ‘France’? Royal Dining at the Bavarian Court of Maximilian II and the Political Gastronomy of Johann Rottenhöfer in Transnational European Perspective, 1830-1870,” International Review of Social Research, Special Issue: Food History and Identity, 7:1 (May 2017), pp. 46–56. DOI 10.1515/irsr-2017-0006.
  • “Travel, Technology, and Theory: The Aesthetics of Ichthyology during the Second Scientific Revolution,” German Studies Review, 41:3 (October 2018).


Teaching Duties

I teach the honors modules:

MO4936 Bismarck: Biography—Politics—Mythology
MO3329 The Kaiser: Aspects of Emperor Wilhelm II
MO3318: Revolution, Nationalism and Reaction: 1848-1849 in the German Lands

I also lecture and tutor on the following courses:

MO1008 Themes in Late Modern History
HI2001 History as a Discipline


Research Students

Emma Lea Gannett—Britain, Germany and France in the Naval Race, late 19th century and early 20th century

Harrison J. Roberts—Coronation Ceremonies of the British Monarchy in the Twentieth Century

Pippa R. Triffit—The Marriages of Queen Vicoria’s Children: Public Portrayals and Private Truths