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Stephen Milder

Dr. Stephen Milder

Research Fellow


Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a, 4. OG
80802 Munich

Room: 234
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 - 72379

Stephen Milder is writing a history of the emergence of climate politics in the 1980s and 1990s with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG-Eigene Stelle, 2020-2023). He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012, where he wrote a dissertation on grassroots anti-nuclear activism in Baden and Alsace. He then served as a visiting assistant professor of History at Duke University, and was a Mellon Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis before becoming an assistant professor of Politics and Society at the University of Groningen in 2015. His monograph Greening Democracy: The Anti-Nuclear Movement and Political Environmentalism in West Germany and Beyond, 1968-1983 was published in 2017. He has also published articles and book chapters on green politics, the transnational career of Petra Kelly, and the history of democratic praxis among other topics.

RCC Research Project: Making Green Germany: The Emergence of Climate Politics amidst German Reunification and the Post-Cold War Transformation of Europe


Selected Publications:

  • Co-edited with Friederike Brühöfener and Belinda Davis. Social Movements after 1968: Germany, Europe and Beyond. Under review with Berghahn Books.
  • Greening Democracy: The Anti-Nuclear Movement and Political Environmentalism in West Germany and Beyond, 1968 – 1983. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • “Protest and Participation: Democratic Praxis in the Federal Republic, 1968 – 1983.” In Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective, edited by Michael Meng and Adam Seipp, 217-244. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017
  • “From Wyhl to Wall Street: Occupation and the many meanings of ‘single issue’ protest.” Moving the Social, No. 56 (March 2017): 5 – 26.
  • “Thinking Globally, Acting (Trans-)Locally: Petra Kelly and the Transnational Roots of West German Green Politics.” Central European History, Vol. 43, No. 2 (June 2010): 301 – 326. Winner of the Council for European Studies First Article Prize.