Sonja Ostrow is a sixth year graduate student in the field of Modern European History. After receiving her B.A. in History from Yale she worked for an advertising agency as a brand strategist for companies such as Old Navy and Microsoft. This experience strengthened her interest in the relationship between popular culture and politics, which she seeks to explore further through the study of the cultural and intellectual history of 20th century Germany and Italy. Sonja has been awarded a Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship to conduct research in Germany during the 2013-14 academic year. She is working primarily with Dr. Helmut Walser Smith.