Corinna Treitel

​Associate Professor of History
Director of Undergraduate Studies in History
PhD, Harvard University
MA, Indiana University
BA, Carleton College
research interests:
  • History of Modern Germany
  • History of Science and Medicine

contact info:

office hours:

  • Wednesday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm​

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1062
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

​Corinna Treitel is interested in the many ways that science, medicine, culture, and politics have intersected since the late eighteenth century. Her specialty is German history, and she teaches courses in European history, the history of science and medicine, and medical humanities.

For more information, visit Corinna Treitel's department profile.

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast

Eating Organic in Nazi Germany

Corinna Treitel shares the story of the Nazis' obsession with natural foods and compares their ideas about nutrition to how we think about it today.

Eating Nature in Modern Germany

Eating Nature in Modern Germany

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian and the Dachau concentration camp had an organic herb garden. Vegetarianism, organic farming, and other such practices have enticed a wide variety of Germans, from socialists, liberals, and radical anti-Semites in the nineteenth century to fascists, communists, and Greens in the twentieth century. Corinna Treitel offers a fascinating new account of how Germans became world leaders in developing more 'natural' ways to eat and farm. Used to conserve nutritional resources with extreme efficiency at times of hunger and to optimize the nation's health at times of nutritional abundance, natural foods and farming belong to the biopolitics of German modernity. Eating Nature in Modern Germany brings together histories of science, medicine, agriculture, the environment, and popular culture to offer the most thorough and historically comprehensive treatment yet of this remarkable story.